PAYNE -- Roy L. Schaefer, 98, left this world for a better one on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
Roy was born in Paulding County, Ohio, on August 25, 1915, a son of the late Bertha (Harper) and Rudolph Schaefer. He grew up as a farmer, a career he followed until the 1980s, and was a machinist at Dana Weatherhead, Antwerp. Roy was a confirmed and loyal Democrat, a devout member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles in Paulding and the Elks in Mission, Texas. At the age of 80, he began his hobby of golfing, but still enjoyed playing cards and keeping his home as neat as a pin as long as he was able.
On Feb. 3, 1940, Roy married Dortha Bonner, who died Jan. 23, 2013.
He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Garnett (Leo) Beagle of Payne, Mary K. (Dean) Hess of Green Valley, Ariz., Jeannine Hagan of Austin, Texas; sons, John (Mary) and Kim, both of New Haven, Jeff of Antwerp, and Paul of Hicksville and sister, Helen Treat of Paulding.
Roy was also preceded in death by four siblings.
Viewing is at Dooley Funeral Home, Payne on Sunday from 2-5:30 p.m., with recitation of the rosary at 5:30 p.m. Viewing is also Monday from 9-9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at 10 am. He will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are to Divine Mercy or Heartland Hospice. Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.