Lt. Col. Robert William Schaefer, Ret., age 79, passed away July 28, 2014. He was born Oct 18, 1934, in Des Moines, Iowa, and spent most of his youth in Oklahoma City, Okla. He held degrees from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, the University of Texas in Austin, Texas and the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla.
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In 1956, he enlisted in the USAF and became a surveyor at Eglin Air Force Base. In 1958, he received an officer commission after completing an aviation cadet/basic navigation course. He served the next 20 years in various capacities: an electronic warfare officer on B-52's; mathematics instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy; a weapons systems officer in F-4's and in 1974, he returned to Eglin where he completed his USAF career.
After his retirement, Bob continued to support the U.S. Air Force by working in the defense industry. He also spent many years as an adjunct professor teaching mathematics at the Okaloosa Walton Community College (OWCC).
Bob enjoyed traveling, and cruising but most of all he enjoyed being with family. When he was not visiting with family or friends in person he enjoyed connecting with them using the latest technology from wherever he was in the world.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph W. Schaefer and Murel Schaefer Kluck; and brother, Gene N. Kluck. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Sharon Silsbee (Dave) and Patsy Schneider (David); grandchildren, Allison and Andrew Silsbee, and Zack and Hannah Schneider; and brothers, George E. Schaefer (Jean) and John N. Schaefer (Barbara).
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Monday, Aug. 4 ,at 2:30 p.m., with reception following. A private burial will be held separately.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Sonic City Lions, 346 Lincoln Avenue, Valparaiso, FL 32580.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McLaughlinMortuary.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Aug. 3, 2014