Harold Roy SCHAFER
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Harold Roy Schafer, 91, of Longmont, CO went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2013 at Longmont United Hospital.
He was born August 4, 1922 to Chris and Martha Schafer in Wessington Springs, SD. After graduating from high school he accepted Christ as his personal Savior at age 21. He served in the United States Army in the Philippines and Japan during WWII. He graduated from Augsburg College and Seminary, Minneapolis, MN. He married Vera Smith from Portland, Oregon, September 7, 1951; she preceded him in death on June 5, 2012. Together they served parishes in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Illinois. In 1968 they joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance and served near Amery, WI; Sioux Falls, SD; Des Moines, IA; and Brunswick, NE. They retired from full time ministry in 1990, and Harold later became director of Evangelism Explosion at First Federated Church in Des Moines, and served in that capacity for nearly 12 years. They lived in Windsor Heights, IA, for 25 years before moving to Longmont in November, 2011.
In his free time Harold enjoyed working with his hands and showing his love for his family by doing projects around their homes. He loved taking care of his family and was very proud of all of them.
Harold is survived by three children: Merlyn (Patti) Schafer; Janelle (Rod) Shearer and LaRita (Tim) Johnson and five grandchildren: Shanna (Nick), Karissa, Bethany, Lydia (Justin), and Caleb; and one great-grandson Elijah. Also surviving are his sister Doris Schafer and brother Glen (Betty) Schafer, both of Wessington Springs, SD.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 AM Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with viewing prior to the service. Burial will take place at 1:30 PM at Fort Logan National Cemetery staging area B. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Federated Church Mission fund and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
326 Terry Street Longmont, CO 80501
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 18, 2013