In Memory of Donald L. Schafer



Donald L. Schafer
Donald L. Schafer
Born: February 5, 1928
Died: March 23, 2018
Age: 90
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Donald L. Schafer
February 5, 1928 - March 23, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Donald L. Schafer, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital, of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman will officiate. Committal services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home, of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com


Donald Lee Schafer, the son of Herman and Lillian (Schluter) Schafer, was born on February 5, 1928, in Wall Lake, Iowa.  He graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1945. 

On June 26, 1950, Don married Wilma Dean Nippert in the United Methodist Church of Storm Lake, Iowa. The couple made their home in Ida Grove, Iowa, and were blessed with three children: Vicki, Mark, and Craig.

Don owned and operated the local furniture and carpet store for thirty years. He was a 76 year member of the Ida Grove Golf and Country Club. He served in the National Guard for 12 years, was a past member of the local Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club.

After retirement, he enjoyed attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s school functions and sporting events. A family man, Don was always supportive of his entire family. His passions in life were golfing, fishing, and sports (a true Iowa State fan!!!).  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Lillian Schafer; wife Wilma Schafer; infant son, Mark Schafer; and great granddaughter, Jillian Grace; brother Virgil (Alice) Schafer and sister Joyce Schafer.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Craig Schafer of Ida Grove, Iowa; daughter, Vicki (David) Will of Sioux City, Iowa; grandchildren: Matthew Will of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Eric Will of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jodi (Adam) Lansink of Ida Grove, Iowa, Jamie (Seth) Corbin of Ida Grove, Iowa; five great grandchildren: Ellie, Malia, Brylie, Blake, and Kendra; brother-in-law, Eldon (Vicki) Nippert of Cushing, Iowa; and nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

SERVICES

10:30 a.m., Wednesday
March 28, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Rev. Chad Lierman

CASKET BEARERS

Dr. Leo Samson
Jack Wright
Robert Patterson
Roy Sievert

VISITATION

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

MUSIC

"On Eagle's Wings"
"Wind Beneath My Wings"
"Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone"

INTERMENT

Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Condolences


Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM
“Sorry to hear about your Dad Craig our condolences.Kenny & Anne Thornhill”
- Kenny Thornhill
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. My husband went to school with Don. They enjoyed their many memories. ”
- Gloria Sykes
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:10 AM
“Sympathy to the family of Don, remembering when he and Wilma had the furniture store years back and in recent years seeing him a lot at the doctor office and the hospital during cardiac rehab. Such a pleasant gentlemen. May he rest in peace. ”
- Janice (Monroe) McGuire
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:10 AM
“Craig, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Hugs and prayers of confort to you and your family.”
- Lisa Clausen
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:09 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Schafer family for your loss, He was a great Uncle and will be dearly missed.”
- Darrel and Lee Ann Nippert
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 9:09 AM
“To the family of Don Schafer,
I have known Don for many years, and bought several items from his furniture store through the years. Your comfort is knowing that he is resting in our Savior's arms. My sympathy to all of you.
God's Blessings! Joan K. Petersen”
- Joan K. Petersen
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:19 AM
“Our sincere condolences”
- David and Sharon Richards
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:19 AM
“So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.”
- Kandi Ehrig
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:19 AM
“Craig, so sorry to hear about your dad. Always liked him, he was always such a nice man.”
- Wanda Schiernbeck
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:19 AM
“So sorry to see this... Have many fond memories of Don. Know that he is now resting in peace. Rayers.. and sending Angels to help you through this time.”
- Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl
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