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Alan M. Schafer
October 27, 1929 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Alan Merlin Schafer, age 94, passed away peacefully at Lifecare in Elyria on January 7, 2023.
Alan was born to Arthur Adam Schafer and Ruth Maybell Fye on October 27, 1929, in Oberlin, Ohio. He had a happy childhood on the family farm in Wellington, Ohio. His childhood was spent playing in the creek behind his home, helping his parents on the farm, and playing Pinochle with many close friends. He would often recount his many happy memories with anyone who would take the time to listen.
He and his parents left the farm in 1955 to live in Kipton, Ohio. He married Charlotte Lenore Howser shortly after that, on June 1, 1956, and raised three boys: Alan Leonard Schafer, Michael David Schafer, and Charles Marc Schafer.
In his younger years, Alan played the guitar in many dance bands in the early 1950s, where at one of them, he met this girl from Grafton, Ohio, whom he later married. He came to know the Lord in 1955 at LaGrange First Baptist Church, where he was a member and fourth-grade Sunday School teacher until 1965, when he and three other families joined to form Oberlin Calvary Baptist Church in Oberlin, Ohio. He always made it a habit to be involved in the church, come rain or shine, and has passed that legacy on to his children. In 1981, Alan and Charlotte moved from Kipton, Ohio, to Elyria, where he made his home until July 2021, when he went to live in Lifecare with his wife, Charlotte, due to their declining health.
After leaving the farm, Alan got a job at Ridge Tool Company in 1956, retiring in 1991 after 35 years of service. He was affectionately known as “Peanuts” at the shop, working first as a fireman, then in the assembly department. Everyone he worked for commented on his work ethic and honesty on the job.
Alan was a man of integrity who passed that legacy to his three sons. He was a devoted husband, caring for his wife, who suffered from chronic migraine headaches for many years, never wavering from his marriage vows to care for her in sickness and in health. He was a model of faithfulness to all who knew him.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Arthur Schafer, in 1965; his mother, Ruth, in 1971; a sister, Evelyn Schafer More, in 1990; a brother-in-law, Alex More, in 2002; a nephew, John More, in 2014; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Sue Porter Schafer in 2018. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, sons Alan Leonard Schafer of Grafton, Ohio, Michael David Schafer (Lisa) of Summersville, WV, and Charles Marc Schafer (Sharon), of Mountain Home, ID; three grandchildren, Kelly, Nikole, and Courtney, one step-grandson, Michael Scott, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will be received from 10 am to noon on Saturday, January 13th, at Church of the Open Door, Elyria, Ohio, with the service to follow immediately. Cremation and burial of the ashes will follow at a later date in Camden Cemetery, Kipton, Ohio, next to his mother and father.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.