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Robert Schafer, Jr., 64

Robert “Bob” Dell Schafer Jr., age 64, of Hutchinson, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Augustana Dassel Lakeside Community Home in Dassel.

He was born June 2, 1951, in Watertown, the son of Robert and Shirlee (Schroeder) Schafer. Bob was baptized as an infant July 3, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth in 1965, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.

He received his education in Mayer, and was a graduate of the Lutheran High School class of 1969. Bob furthered his education at the Dunwoody College in Minneapolis, and graduated with an associate degree in architectural drafting in 1971. He was then employed at Federal Lumber in Brooklyn Center for 10 years.

Bob was involved in his community, serving as a statistician for the Mayer Blazer’s baseball team. While living in Elk River, Bob was actively involved in various community theatres.

He enjoyed running, admired fire trucks, and was an avid Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fan, even while living in Michigan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, and friends.

Bob sang in various church choirs throughout his life. While in Michigan, he was a member of the Detroit Singers Community Group.

He decided to continue his education at Concordia College in Seward, NE, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in teaching and business education. He received a call to teach at Lutheran High School North in Macomb, MI, and during his nine years of teaching there, he coached the high school track team.

Bob was united in marriage to Janice Guetzkow June 21, 1986, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, They were preparing to celebrate 25 years of marriage when Janice passed away in 2011.

Bob finished his education with a master’s degree in business administration in Lansing, MI.

He was most recently called as a resource manager at St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester, MI, where he served for 17 years until he was placed on medical leave. While a member there, he was a liturgist and a member of the choir. Bob also enjoyed hosting a small group Bible study in his home in Shelby Township, MI.

When Bob needed help with his daily care, he moved back to Minnesota, in October 2014, and was a resident at the Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

Bob moved to Augustana Dassel Lakeside Community Home in Dassel Jan. 29, where he resided until his death.

He is survived by his mother, Shirlee Tesch of Hutchinson; brother Richard Schafer and his wife, Lynn of Faribault; sisters Linda Heldt and her husband, Larry of Hutchinson, Lila Brewer of Reno, NV, and Lisa Asmus and her husband, Rev. Aaron of Sioux Falls, SD; 19 nieces and nephews; two great grand nieces; and many grand nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Janice, Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert Schafer; step father, Lowell Tesch; parents-in-law Vernon and Florence Guetzkow; sister Liana Clark; sister-in-law Karen Hamann and her husband, Dale; and nephew, Alan Asmus.

Funeral services took place Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer. The Rev. Gerhard Bode officiated. Music was provided by Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, organist; soloist Brandon Tannous, who sang “Jesus Loves Me;” Aaron Asmus on keyboard; and special music by members of the Schafer family: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).”

Congregational hymns were “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less,” “O For A Faith That Will Not Shrink,” “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” and “Doxology.”

Honorary bearers were Steve Sirek, Courtney Meyer, Joel Landskroener, and Andrew Florek.

Casket bearers were Travis Muller, Isaiah Muller, Joel Schafer, Jeff Schafer, James Schafer, Talitha Tannous, and Andrew Asmus.

Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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