Lester W. Schaffer WarnervilleLester W. Schaffer, 89, of State Rte. 7, died Friday, December 21st at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, while recovering from surgery. Mr. Schaffer was born March 3, 1923 in Cobleskill, NY, a son of Floyd Schaffer and Maude Folmsbee. In February 1943 he joined the U.S. Army and served in the 35th Infantry Division, and landed at Omaha Beach a month and a day after D-Day. He later fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received an honorable discharge in 1945. When he returned to Cobleskill from the service, Lester worked for Guffin's gas station which later became Snyder's Heating Fuels until his retirement. He has lived in Warnerville since 1954. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Central Bridge. Lester loved his family and was always very proud of his grandchildren. Survivors include one son, Jon L. Schaffer of Belle Isle, FL; 11 grandchildren, Todd Barlow, Kim Kerr, Duane Schaffer, Diana Miller, James Schaffer, Eric Schaffer, Audrey Schaffer, Brent Schaffer, Rachel Robinson, Carrie Styles, and Wade Schaffer; 16 great-grandchildren also survive as do several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Marietta Schaffer, whom he married on December 5, 1942; one daughter, Bonnie Barlow; one son, Jerry Schaffer, and his eight siblings. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced in the Spring of 2013 with interment in the Cobleskill Rural Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Schaffer to Marathon For a Better Life, PO Box 268, Warnerville, NY 12187. The Robert A. Guffin Funeral Home of Cobleskill, and the Langan Funeral Home of Schoharie and Central Bridge, are assisting the family. Further information is available at www.guffinfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Dec. 28, 2012