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William "Wild Bill" Schafer

86, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away on August 26, 2014. He was born in Ft. Wayne to Elmer W. and Florence Laibe Schafer on September 29, 1927. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and received a degree in Engineering from Purdue University. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the 803rd Army Engineers in the South Pacific. In September 2013, Bill went to Washington DC on the Indy Honor Flight and visited the WWII memorial. After the service, Bill went to work at Fort Wayne Power & Light where he met the love of his life, Shirley Lehman. They married in 1956. While at City Light Bill was appointed Director of the Indiana Municipal Electric Association and was twice elected Man of the Year. Bill was a pioneer in underwater diving and was founder of the Underwater Exploration Team, co-founder of the Ft. Wayne Diving Club and a member of the Underwater Society of America. Bill and fellow club members did underwater search & rescue for local police and fire departments in the 50's and 60's. Bill moved his family to Indianapolis in 1967 to work as an engineer with Zebrowski Demolition. He retired from Bohlen, Meyer & Gibson Architects in 1991. Bill and his wife Shirley loved to travel and visited 28 different countries on four continents. Later in life, Bill and his wife camped with fellow retirees and he took great pleasure in their friendship and camaraderie, especially around the campfire. His greatest pride and joy were his children and grandchildren and he cherished those times they could all be together. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son Mark (Angie) of Las Vegas; daughter, Christina of Indianapolis; daughter, Sharon (Vincent) Dillon and son, Ted of Avon, IN. There are four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, Sept 2nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Father Courtney Room at St. Luke Catholic Church. He will also be remembered at a Mass on Sept 3rd at Noon, also at St. Luke, 7575 Holliday Dr., East, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 31, 2014
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