Ralph E. Schafer
1939 - 2020
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Ralph E. Schafer

Born: March 9, 1939; in DeKalb, IL

Died: November 12, 2020; in Melrose Park, IL

Ralph E. Schafer, 81, of Malta, Illinois, died Thursday, November 12, 2020, at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park.

Ralph was born March 9, 1939 in DeKalb, the son of Willard and Carrie Schafer. He was a graduate of Malta High School and attended NIU, where he was a member of the Huskie basketball teams from 1957-1960. On October 1, 1960 he married Sandy Anderson at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb. Ralph was an avid sports fan and enjoyed basketball, bowling and golfing; family gatherings and celebrations were a highlight in his life. Farming was always his passion and he was a third generation farmer on the family farm in Malta.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughter, Jacquie (Bill) Young of Clare; two sons, Randy of Malta and David (Sue) Schafer of DeKalb; five grandchildren, Katie (Jason) Fox, Matt Young, Jessica, Sara and Kayla Schafer; two great-grandsons, Owen and Milo Fox; his brother Paul (Barbara) Schafer; sister, Norma Hopkins; brother-in-law, Larry (Faith) Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Glen Hopkins.

According to Ralphs wishes, there will be a private family service at the Malta Cemetery at a later date with Pastor Jeremiah Thompson of the Malta United Methodist Church presiding.

Memorials can be made to the Malta United Methodist Church, Opportunity House in Sycamore, the Malta Cemetery Association or a charity of one's choice.

For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022

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Published in The MidWeek News on Nov. 14, 2020.
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November 17, 2020
Dave. So sorry for your loss.
Your father was a great man.

Lou Cesarek
November 17, 2020
My sympathy Sandy and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Barb. Heal
November 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to your family. Peace, Joy, and Love.
Marilyn (Anderson) & Jan Masilunis
November 15, 2020
This picture says it all. A great friend. What a wonderful bunch of memories we created together. Prayers to Sandy & Family. Thanks for sharing his life with me.
November 14, 2020
Sandy, Jacquie and Families,
I am so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Anne Mott
November 13, 2020
Will miss you Ralph, a lot of good times together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sandy and family.
Don and Cathy Shields
November 13, 2020
With sympathy to friends and family.
Dick and Linda Hilderbrant
November 13, 2020
Ralph was a dear and loyal friend from childhood on. He will be missed.
Scott Harrington
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