John Forest Schafer, age 85 of Wauseon, Ohio, peacefully passed away on Monday morning, September 27, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on January 17, 1936 to Forest and Cleta (Heffley) Schafer in Covington, Kentucky. John proudly served our country in the National Guard. On July 29, 1994 he married Sally (McCormick) Schafer, who survives.
John drove a semi truck for over 30 years for Freightway Trucking until his retirement in 1995. He was an active member and Elder at East Chesterfield Christian Church. He was also a member of Defiance Elks Lodge #147 and Defiance Moose Lodge #2094. He enjoyed boating, camping, and traveling.
John will be sadly missed by his wife, Sally Schafer of Wauseon, OH, his daughter, Kimberly (William) Phillips of Grand Haven, MI, his stepson, Kevin (April) Tenney of Maumee, OH, and his stepdaughter, Leslie Tenney of Wauseon, OH. He also leaves behind three grandchildren; Jennifer Phillips, Johnathan Phillips, and Mary Ann Gibson, three great-grandchildren, and his sister Diana Schafer of Findlay, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Mary Ann Schafer, daughter, Rebecca Smalley, granddaughter, Mindy Smalley, and his stepson, Kenneth I. Tenney III.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson/Roessner Chapel (1753 S. Clinton Street, Defiance). A funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home, with Rev. Jim Mann officiating. Due to CDC guidelines, if you are not fully vaccinated, a mask is required to enter the funeral home, and our lounge area will remain closed. Burial will follow services at Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to ELARA Hospice, or East Chesterfield Christian Church. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.
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