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William Frederick Schafer Obituary
SCHAFER William Frederick "Bill" Schafer, age 85, of Upper Arlington, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013. He was born in Springfield, OH in 1927 to the late Emma and William Schafer. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Ginny; and his son, Frederick "Skip" Schafer who lives in Florida. He is preceded in death by his younger son Tom, who also lived in Florida. Bill was a very devoted and supportive father, and, even though they lived far away, he communicated with his sons each day by phone. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie, who resides in St. Louis. Bill attended Springfield (Ohio) High School where he was on the basketball and track team and played the trumpet in the high school band. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII on aircraft carriers and on the Battleship Massachusetts. Upon his return, he obtained a degree in business administration from The Ohio State University. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity during his college years. After graduation, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to take a four month tour of Europe. When he was later asked what he remembered most about that trip, he didn't mention the beautiful cities, or the monuments, or the notable landmarks, but rather, he most remembered sitting next to Elizabeth Taylor at the pool at Eden Roc on the French Rivera! Upon his return from the trip, he obtained an MBA from the Harvard Business School from which he had received a scholarship. For over 40 years, he was an executive in the packaging industry at Container Corporation of America in Chicago, Stone Container in St. Louis, and Willamette Industries in Delaware, Ohio. He lived in Upper Arlington and was an active member of First Community Church where he belonged to Couples' Circle #29. He was also a member of the OSU Golf Course, and Scioto Country Club. His passion was golf and he said that the happiest memories of his life were attending three British Open golf tournaments with his brother-in-law. After each tournament, he was able to play the courses where the tournaments were held along with other historic courses in England and Scotland. He also loved landscaping and working in the yard and his lawn was typically the best maintained in the neighborhood. At Bill's request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. For those who wish to remember him, a contribution can be made to First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212 or The Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Arrangements are entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, (614) 457-5481. To share memories or condolences, visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 20, 2013
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