KNOXVILLE, TN John Franklin Schaeffer, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, died Monday, February 11, 2013. He was born to Miriam Moyer Schaeffer and John Franklin Schaeffer, Sr. on August 31, 1926, in Reading. After graduating from Altoona High School in 1944 he was accepted into the V-12 Program for commissioned officers attending Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He graduated after World War II with a master's degree in electrical engineering. Leaving behind his science degree, he entered Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., graduating in the third founding class. Between the mission field and the Navy he chose the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. In his total of 27 years in the Navy he had 11 years foreign and/or sea duty, among them two tours with the U.S. Marines and two overseas tours, three years in Naples, Italy, and two years Senior Chaplain at Subic U.S. Naval Base in the Phillipine Islands during the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy he served 23 years full time pastorates in the United Church of Christ at Good Shepherd in Reading, First Church in Belvidere, Tenn., and St. John's in Lebanon. After full time pastorates he was an interim for 6.5 years at Millbach, Fredericksburg, Sacramento, and Campbelltown in Pennsylvania. Moving to Knoxville in 2001 with his wife of 52 years, Audrey Weimorts Schaeffer, to be with their daughter, Ginny Lee Hill, son-in-law Bradley Allen Hill, and grandchildren, Brianna, Kaitlyn, Reagan, and Maxwell, he has substituted in Presbyterian Church USA at Mascot, Mars Hill, Athens Tennessee, Fourth Presbyterian, Rockwood, New Prospect, New Hope, Spring Place and others. His greatest desire in life was to be found faithful in serving God his Father, the Father's son Jesus Christ, and the Helper, the Holy Spirit. Funeral arrangements and online condolences at www.rosemortuary.com
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Published in Lebanon Daily News on Feb. 14, 2013