Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on May 21, 2014, at age 91 in Fresno, surrounded by family members. Marion reunites in heaven with his wife, June, who passed away in 2010. He was the youngest of nine children born to Belle and August Schaeffer on November 3, 1922, at the family ranch in north Fresno. He resided in Fresno County his entire life. Marion attended high school at Fresno Tech and continued his education at Four C's College in Fresno, earning his degree in accountancy. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and married June Stuckert in 1946. Marion worked as a public accountant, for many years at New Holland Farm Machinery in Fowler. He was a tremendous musician, and could play just about any standard on the piano by ear. He would gladly entertain at any gathering. He also had a passion for golf, and was a regular for many years at Airways Golf Course. He was well known for his kind heart, humble personality, sense of humor and great story telling. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He and June took many memorable trips together to Europe, Hawaii, and all over the Western U.S., including Tahoe, Yellowstone and Vancouver B.C. He loved to fish, camp, and take trips to the mountains, especially the cabin at Bass Lake where many summers were spent relaxing and enjoying the outdoors with his family. Marion was also an avid baseball fan and rooted for the Giants every summer. He and June had many dear friends over the years, among them the Smiths and Jacobsens. They all loved getting together for bridge night or just an informal party. Marion is survived by his children, Susan Pray and her husband Rex, Barbara McDonnell and her husband Tom, and Jim Schaeffer and his wife Debbie. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, Jacob, Amy, Rachel, Ruth, Erika, Julia and Krista, and his great-grandchildren Sydney, Audrey, Roxanna and Timothy. Special thanks and heart felt appreciation go to Joyce and Ken Evans, Bill and Corinne Bopp, and Bob and Patty Smith. Marion will be missed by his family and all who knew him. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Agnes Home Health and Hospice. Stephens & Bean Chapel, 202 North Teilman Avenue, Fresno, California (559)268-9292
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Published in the Fresno Bee on June 1, 2014