Robert "Bob" Schaefer
1936 - 2021
BORN
1936
DIED
April 15, 2021

Robert "Bob" Schaefer

July 2, 1936-April 15, 2021

Robert Eugene Schaefer, 84, of Harlingen, TX, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2021, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, TX. A private family graveside will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, IL. Reverend Randy Mullin will officiate. Memorials may be made to The Geneseo Humane Society or Abilities Plus. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert was born on July 2, 1936, the son of Carroll and Anne (DeCrane) Schaefer in Annawan, IL. He joined the US Marine Corp, and earned the rank of Corporal. In 1956, Bob married Betty Andrews. He later married Mary Ellen Dillon in 1997. Bob returned home and worked for Erdman Construction. In 1960, he opened The Cellar restaurant in Geneseo, as the head manager and chef. Bob was a great businessman, and opened another restaurant in Davenport, IA. In 2001, Bob sold The Cellar and retired. He was a past director at Central Bank and the Geneseo Foundation. Bob was an active member of the Moose, Illinois Restaurant Association, Geneseo Off-Street Parking Committee, and was a chairman of the Hammond Henry Foundation Support Committee. Bob was a past president of the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce and was also a past president of the Mississippi Restaurant Association. Bob enjoyed golfing and traveling with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Ellen; sons, Scott (Brenda) Schaefer, and Curt Schaefer; daughter, Debra (Mike) Taylor; three step-sons, Patrick Dillon, Michael Dillon, and James Dillon; brother, Francis Schaefer; grandchildren, Brandy Littig, Bridget Thompson, Nathan Schaefer, Tara McIntosh, and Talin Schaefer; nine step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Anna; son, Patrick Schaefer; and sister, Patricia Gradert.


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Published by The Rock Island Dispatch Argus on Apr. 17, 2021.
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Our deepest sympathy & condolences to Mary Ellen and family. Only good memories.
Therese & Rachid Bouchareb
April 21, 2021
Mary Ellen we are very sorry to hear of Bobs passing although we only knew him for a few years in Harlingen we very much enjoyed yours and his company and I enjoyed golfing with him I´ll miss the good times.
Carole & Rich Remko
April 20, 2021
My deepest sympathy & condolences to Curt Shaefer & all family members .
Deborah Chokkalingam
April 18, 2021
I worked for Bob at the Cellar as a teen in the late 70's. I appreciated the kind and respectful way he treated me, as well as the dedication he had to the operation and his staff. It was rewarding to be part of the growth of his business, not just the restaurant but the entire building. Many great memories were built during my time there and I especially treasure meeting and even working with his family. Rest in peace sir.
Milo Decker
April 17, 2021
So sorry we didn´t get to see him this year! Our deepest sympathies! Our prayers being sent for Mary Ellen, Fran, and the rest of Bob´s family. Rest In Peace fellow vet!
Donna & Dave Schaefer
April 17, 2021