Schafer Dale Currie Schafer, age 98, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on March 7, 2014. He was born on November 29, 1915 in Louisville, Ohio to Isabella and Philip Schafer. Preceded in death by Ruth Ann Leonard Schafer his wife of 68 years. He is survived by four sons, Sheldon (and Mary Ann) of Peoria, Illinois, Eugene (and Wolf Janson) of Altenkirchen, Germany, Eric (and Debbie) of Pataskala, Ohio and Bruce Schafer of Columbus, Ohio; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Graduating from Canton-McKinley High School in 1933, he considered himself lucky to find employment with the National Youth Administration at the height of the Depression. He was a firm supporter of the New Deal, its ideals and the precedent it set for social justice in the following decades. During WW2 he served as a Security Intelligence Special Agent involved with the Manhattan Project and with eliciting strategic information on vital industries in Nagasaki, Japan. After the war he completed his study of law at William McKinley School of Law. His legal career began as a claims agent, working many years in this capacity for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He left the railroad in 1963 and entered private practice, becoming a member of the law firm Tyler, Richards, Grieser, and Schafer. He will be missed by his many friends, especially those he had made in the last ten years at Wesley Glen. A special thanks to the nursing and aide staffs at Riverside Hospital 7 Yellow and at Kobacker House. The family will greet friends of Dale at New Albany Methodist Church, 20 Third St., New Albany on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. A private interment will be held earlier in the day for family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, 3222 N. High St., Columbus OH 43202 or to the Heifer Project, www.heifer.org.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 27, 2014