Donald Schafer, 80, Reedsburg

January 24, 2019

Donald A. “Duckeye” Schafer, 80, of Reedsburg, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, with his family by his side.

He was born Oct. 12, 1938, in Sauk County, the son of Henry A. and Norma W. (Strutz) Schafer. He was united in marriage to Patricia Howard on Aug. 4, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg. This marriage was blessed with six children. Duckeye was the co-owner and co-operator of Club 33 with his brother Gary. He made many friends over the years. Whether he was cooking steaks, telling jokes, or serving drinks, he enjoyed making people smile. He always made people feel welcome and would extend his fatherly advice to everyone. He enjoyed playing cards and pool with his friends, going to the casino with his wife, betting on the dog and horse races, cutting wood and spending time with family, harvesting maple syrup, and dancing. He was a paratrooper in the United States Army. He was also a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Reedsburg; children, Rose (Rodney Rockweiler) Schafer, Joseph (Sharon) Schafer, Jean Schafer, James Schafer, Tammy Lewan and Jason Schafer, all of Reedsburg; grandchildren, Devin (Kyle) Peterson, Heather Drier, Olivia, Nicole and Makayla Schafer, Paul (Erika) Schafer, and Diane and Rory Lewan; great-grandchildren, Kynzie and Mason Peterson; two brothers, Gary (Peggy) Schafer, Virgil Schafer; a sister, Carol Richmond; numerous nieces and nephews; along with other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Donald Schafer at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg. The Rev. Dave Carrano, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial with military rites will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery in LaValle. Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church.

Special thanks to Cary, Jordan, Betty and Jacci of Agrace Hospice Care; Dr. Pipp-dahm; and oncology nurses, Maggie and Marcia.

The Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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