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Richard R. Schafer (1923-2022)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 1/28/2022 at 09:01:09



Richard R. Schafer, 98, of Oelwein, Iowa, and formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died peacefully with family by his bedside, on Wednesday evening, Jan. 26, 2022, at MercyOne Medical Center, Oelwein.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Final resting place: Dupont Cemetery, Swisher, Iowa.

The Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein is assisting the family.

Condolences may be directed to Richard Schafer Family 4107 Lexington Dr. NE Unit C, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

Richard Ross Schafer was born on July 17, 1923, in Wapello, Iowa, the son of Franklin and Gladys (Graves) Schafer. In 1941, he graduated from Wapello High School. Richard proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. In 1949, he married Gerri Beninger and they later divorced. On May 8, 1970, he married Charolette Louise (McGuire) Mikesell at the Solon United Methodist Church. Over the years Richard, drove truck for Colonial Bakery, Land O'Lakes-Swiss Valley Farms and Globe Machinery. After retirement, he worked at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids as a security guard. Richard enjoyed old cars, traveling, yard work and getting together with friends.

Richard is survived by his children, Mike Schafer of Marion, Steve (Joyce) Schafer of Arvada, Colo., Gregg (Teresa) Schafer of Swisher, Suzi Wojciechowski of Cedar Rapids, Heidi Nobles (Todd) of West Branch and Jeff Mikesell of Boulder City, Nev.; 11 grandchildren, Melissa, Sarah, Larissa, Leah, Justin, Clint, Tiara, Haley, Madison, DaVon and DaShon; several great-grandchildren; sister, Myrle Paterson of Swisher; brother-in-law, Larry McGuire of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Jan McGuire of Fairfax; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter-in-law, Peggy Schafer; brothers, Bob Schafer and Rex Schafer; and brothers-in-law, Clayton Patterson and Gary McGuire.


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