Obituary – Joe T. Schaefer

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HARTINGTON — Joe T. Schaefer, 87, Hartington, died June 29, 2014, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., with a vigil at 7 p.m., at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and will continue Thursday, one hour prior to services at church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be July 3, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Tom Cobler, Jr., Paul Cobler, Tom Schaefer, Leonard Schaefer, Galen Schaefer, Richard Schaefer, Curt Loecker and Heath Opfer.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe’s nieces and nephews.

Joseph Theadore Schaefer was born July 14, 1926, in Menominee, to John J. and Frances (Pinkelman) Schaefer, Sr. He grew up and lived the Menominee area where he helped area farmers as a farmhand. Joe also helped with the building of Gavins Point Dam. In the early 1950s, he worked construction for Western Construction Company, Sioux City, Iowa, for 11 years. He then worked for List and Clark Construction Company, Kansas City, from 1964-1973 as a truck driver. Joe then worked for Gerry Miller Implement, Hartington, as a truck driver from 1977-1992. He retired in 1992.

Joe was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and enjoyed traveling with Betty and spending the winters in Texas. He enjoyed baseball and fishing.

Joe is survived by his wife, Betty, Hartington; sister-in-law, Anna Marie Schaefer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Irvin, John Jr. and Norbert Schaefer; three sisters, infant sister, Mary Schaefer (2 years old), Elizabeth Bowe and Elnora Hare.