Leroy J. Schaefer, 84, of Millstadt, Ill., born Oct. 6, 1931, in Paderborn, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at his home.
Leroy had a great passion and talent for building homes and working with his hands. He founded L. J. Schaefer Construction Company in 1955 and dedicated his life's work to building quality homes for over 50 years. In retirement he developed his favorite hobby of restoring Ford Model A's and street rods. Leroy was a member of the St. Louis Model A Club, Metro East Car Club, Belleville Carpenter's Union and Operator's Union. He was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a wonderful mentor to his family and friends. His immense knowledge, patient teaching and quick wit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Hattie, nee Ripley, Shaefer; his beloved wife, Lucille "Lucy" Herrmann, whom he married on June 12, 1954, at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, and who died April 3, 2015; his daughter, Mary Lou Schaefer, in infancy; his sisters, Lucille Hookway and Dorothy Orlet; and his brother, Cyril Schaefer.
Surviving are his children, Cathy (Dale) Rapp-Hines, Carol (Kevin Schaller) Schaefer and James (Julie) Schaefer, all of Millstadt, Ill.; his grandchildren, Chad Rapp of Millstadt, Ill., Ashley (Tom) Bridges of Freeburg, Ill., Brittany Schaefer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joseph Schaefer, and Travis Schaller, both of Millstadt, Ill.; his step-grandchildren, Leatta (Steve) Phillips of Wildwood, Mo., and Darren (Tammy) Hines of Columbia, Ill.; his great-granddaughter, Vivian Lucille Bridges; his sister, Eleanore Gruelle of Belleville, Ill.; his sister-in-law, Ruth Herrmann of Millstadt, Ill.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, the St. Clair County Humane Society or the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.creasonfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at the Creason Funeral Home in Millstadt, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, Ill., with Monsignor Marvin Volk and Father Kenneth Schaefer officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Catholic Cemetery in Millstadt, Ill.
CREASON FUNERAL HOME, Millstadt, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2016