Larry V. Schafer

August 14, 1941 ~ December 4, 2019 (age 78)

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Larry V. Schafer, 78, of Defiance, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 4, 2019 at his home in Defiance, surrounded by his loving family. 
He was born on August 14, 1941 to Vincent and Mildred (Beemer) Schafer in Continental, Ohio. On October 6, 1962 he married Ruth (Steffel) Schafer, who resides in Defiance. 

Larry was a faithful member of St. John's Catholic Church in Defiance. He was a member of Tinora Athletic Boosters, St. Mike's Golf Course, and Defiance Eagles #372, and he enjoyed volunteering at the Defiance Furniture Bank. Larry was a truck driver for Dinner Bell Foods for over 29 years. He also worked for Defiance County Highway Department for over ten years as a signman. Larry was very proud of his children and their accomplishments. He really enjoyed golfing, fishing, and his annual family camping trip to Burt Lake. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Schafer of Defiance, three sons; David (Patty) Schafer and Gregory (Lisa) Schafer, both of Defiance, and Jon (Tiffany) Schafer of Spring Lake, MI, three daughters, Lisa (Steven) Mueller and Gina (Edward) Jimenez, all of Defiance, and Shari (Jeremy) Rubinstein of Napoleon, OH. He also leaves behind 23 grandchildren; Corey (Christina), Dustin (Noelle), Garrett, Brady, Emma, Nolan, Lily, Samuel, and Summer Schafer, Andrew, Ian (Lyndsay), Wesley (Saree), Hayden, Olivia, and Irelyn Mueller, Elijah, Jonah, Mikaia, and Abram Jimenez, Tate, Tanner, Trey, and Faith Rubinstein, seven great -grandchildren with one on the way, brother, Jack (Peggy) Schafer of Columbus, OH, and four sisters; Pat (Harold) Brown and Sandy (Richard) Burns, all of Ft. Myers, FL, and Diane Horn and Kim Williams, both of Cleburne, TX.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Carol Kelley and Elaine Case. 
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson-Roessner Chapel location (1753 S. Clinton Street in Defiance). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at St. John's Catholic Church, with Fr. Eric Mueller and Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow the service at St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to National Right To Life, CHP Defiance Area Hospice, American Cancer Society, or American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can be given at

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December 6, 2019

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson-Roessner Chapel
1753 S. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512

Mass of Christian Burial
December 7, 2019

11:00 AM
St. John Catholic Church
510 Jackson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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