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“Uncle Dick remains one of my favorite people, always gracious, humorous, and kind. I loved staying at the farm in Mechanicsburg with Dick and Ruth...Read More »
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“We are praying for all of you. ”
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“I have many fond memories of times shared with your family. Your Mom and Dad were the best. They raised a wonderful family. My heartfelt sympathy to...Read More »
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“Our prayers are with your family in this time of sorrow. Your dad was an outstanding person. Our fathers were good friends and I know my dad...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: David & Barb (Turley) Theobald - IL

“I remember Dick & Jane visiting my parents when I was growing up. They were always so full of spirit & a joy to be around. My parents were always...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Sharon Kording - Williamsville, IL

“So sorry for the loss to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Bill & Mary (Fritz) Canham - IL

“Our sincerest condolences to your family on the loss of your father. What a wonderful man and such a nice long life. Many people will have fond...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Maria & George Leka - Buffalo, IL

“Wonderful memories of our cruises at Naples! ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: William Boys - Springfield, IL

“Dick was a great neighbor and friend, he will surely be missed. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Michael & Jolene Gibson - IL

“Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We can't be with you but you are all in our thoughts. Jeff & Jeanne John, Kelly, Tyler and Myra Ann Mike ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jeff & Jeanne Bartlow - Emporia, KS


Richard C. Schafer, 84, of Naples, FL and Springfield, formerly of Mechanicsburg, passed away at 2:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at his home. Richard was born September 19, 1926 in Springfield, the son of Ernest and Louise Amrhein Schafer. He married Ruth Wood in 1947; she preceded him in death in 2005. He married MaryAlice Kennedy in 2007. Richard was an owner of E.L. Schafer & Sons, the Anheuser Busch Distributors in Springfield for many years before retiring in 1982. He also farmed in the Mechanicsburg area for many years. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Schafer; brothers, Joseph and Robert Schafer; and sisters, Ernestine Schafer, Clarissa Maher, Margaret Link and Louise Tobin. He is survived by his wife, MaryAlice of Springfield; son, E. Richard (wife, Jane) Schafer of Dunedin, FL; daughters, Mary (husband, Danny) Coker of Springfield, Linda (husband, Ken) Douglas of Naples, FL, Kristine Brockhagen of Dallas, TX and Kathleen (husband, Mark) Brenner of Northbrook; step-children, Jane Kennedy of New Orleans, LA, Sallie (husband, Scott) Fulwiler of Tinley Park, John (wife, Karin) Kennedy of Plainfield, Maureen (husband, Ron) Hoover of Taylorville and Amy (husband, Paul) Koziel of Indian Head Park; twenty-four grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; sister, Marcella Pipkin of Springfield; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 9:00-10:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1725 S. Walnut St., Springfield, with a Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. David J. Hoefler celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is in charge of Springfield arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to: Memorial Home Services, Attn: Donations and Giving, 720 North Bond St., Springfield, IL 62702-9914 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2001 S. Lindberg Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597.

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