Hans Schafer, 79, husband of Sarah Schafer and father of Cindy Schafer, all of West Hartford CT, died in a car accident on January 5, 2014. A native of Baltimore MD, Hans worked as a hospital administrator in Baltimore, Columbia SC, Fort Worth TX, Nashville TN, and Louisville KY prior to retirement in Connecticut. Hans proudly served in the US Marine Corps
, including tours on the USS Forrestal and the USS Leyte. He maintained a lifelong interest in military history. In retirement, Hans was an active member of the Universalist Church and the Old Guard of West Hartford. He was a frequent volunteer at a variety of hunger relief programs in the Hartford area. The Farmington River Trails were a favorite destination for Hans. He explored the trails from New Haven to Massachusetts on a sporty recumbent trike, making frequent stops to pet every dog along the way. Hans is survived by a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Qualls and 7 nieces and nephews: Barbara Simkowski, Rodney Qualls, Shelby Qualls, Ellen Qualls, Bruce Jackson, Peter Jackson, Edward Jackson. He is also survived by two cousins: Ted Schaefer and Sylvia Sagel Woods. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Universalist Church of West Hartford, a local animal shelter or the
. A private burial will be held at a later date.