PEKIN - James A. Schaefer, 91, of Pekin, Ill., passed away at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Jim was born on Dec. 23, 1921, in Pekin to Albert A. Lorena M. (Oberle) Schaefer. He married O. Charlotte Loveland on Sept. 7, 1946, in Pekin. She passed away on March 7, 2008.
Also preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Greg Schaefer; one grandson, Todd Schaefer; two brothers, Lou and Ray Schaefer and one sister, Helen Gray.
Surviving are one son, Tim (Elaine) Schaefer of Fargo, N.D.; three daughters, Becky (Randy) Dixon of Pekin, Teresa (Phil) Workman of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary (Dave) Pope of Pekin; daughter-in-law, Rena Schaefer of Morton; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Jim was a WWII veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945 and attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He loved to talk about his service days and was proud to have served his country. Jim was scheduled to attend the Honor Flight for WWII Veterans on Tuesday, April 23. Jim's name will be announced with other deceased veterans at the WW II Veterans Memorial site during the flag ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Jim was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. He was also a member of William Schaefer American Legion Post 44; Disabled American Veterans, Pekin Moose Lodge 916 and Pekin Elks Lodge 1271.
He retired from Keystone in February 1982 after 30 years of service and then worked as a court bailiff at the Tazewell County Courthouse.
Jim loved being with his family and grandchildren. His companion was his pet cat, Mindy. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, cooking, music and golf.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Michael Andrejek officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Henderson Funeral Home and Crematory, 2131 Velde Drive, Pekin, Ill. Cremation will be accorded after the services with burial of his ashes at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph School.
Online condolences may be made at www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.
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