Charles ‘Chuck’ G. Schafer, 89, of Sauk Rapids

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Charles “Chuck” G. Schafer, 89

Sauk Rapids

Jan. 29, 1929 – Aug. 11, 2018

Charles “Chuck” G. Schafer, 89, of Sauk Rapids, died Aug. 11 at the St. Cloud Hospital. His funeral was held Aug. 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. David Hinz officiated and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. 

Charles George Schafer was born on Jan. 29, 1929 in St. Cloud to Charles and Minnie (Hiltel) Schafer. He married Delores Madsen on Sept. 26, 1953 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. He lived in the Sartell/Sauk Rapids area for all of his life. Schafer worked as a conductor for Great Northern Railroad/Amtrack/BNSF Railroad for more than 43 years and retired in 1992. He also owned and operated Schafer Spraying Service. Schafer was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and acted as zone secretary. He was a charter member of the Sartell Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Award, the Helen Keller Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the organization. Schafer enjoyed being involved in his community, such as with the Whitney Wood Shop and with RSVP. He loved hunting, fishing and traveling. He was extremely hardworking, always smiling and was always willing to help others. The most important things in his life were his strong faith and his great dedication to his family.

Survivors include his loving wife Delores “Dee” of St. Cloud; children, Jeffrey of Rice, Mark (Sandy) of Big Lake, Jil (Mike) Maurer of Rice and Jodi (Tom) Fischer of St. Cloud; daughter-in-law Jackie Schafer of Rice; grandchildren: Rachel, Jesse (Sara), Dawn (Andrew) Vitek, Marie (Chad) Eggert, Staci (Peter) Nestoss, Tim (Nikki) Fischer, Allison and Shelby; and great-grandchildren: McKenzie, Madeline, Jackson, Blaise, Eliana, Cora, Morgan, Teagan, Bria, Ella, Kendal, Carson, Adalyn and Harlow. He was preceded in death by his son Craig; his parents; brother, Clarence and sister, Esther Elmquist.

Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Lions Club.

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Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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