KENNETH JAY SCHAEFFER
FUNERAL HOME
Clark Family Funeral Chapel & Cremation Service
114 S. Bradley
Mt. Pleasant, MI
SCHAEFFER, KENNETH JAY age 85, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Monday, October 15, 2018, at the McLaren Central Michigan Hospital. Funeral Services for Ken will be held at Faith Lutheran Church on Friday, October 19, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michael Biedenbender officiating. A Luncheon will immediately follow at the church. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.The family will receive friends at Clark Family Funeral Chapel on Thursday, October 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Lutheran Capital Improvement Fund or the Rotary Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral chapel and Faith Lutheran Church. Ken was born on March 15, 1933, in Clare, the son of Harold and Sarah (Bauer) Schaeffer. Ken was baptized on April 16, 1933, and confirmed on June 16, 1946. Ken was the first male Home-economics major to graduate from Central Michigan University, majoring in food services. He then earned his Masters in Guidance and Counseling from CMU. He married Bonnie Lou Grace on November 27, 1952, in Rosebush at the Center Methodist Church. Ken worked in the Ionia Public Schools for 1 year as a teacher, in the CMU food Services for 15 years, and the Mt. Pleasant Schools Vocational Technical Placement and follow up Coordinator for 10 years, and owned and operated Schaeffer's Christmas Tree Farm and Nursery for many years. Ken was very active within the Mt. Pleasant Community, involved with Boy Scouts of American, receiving the Silver Beaver award. He also received the Jaycee of the Year award, Chamber of Commerce Eagle award, Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year award, past Rotary District Governor and active in the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club for 53 years, with perfect attendance since his joining in 1965. He was also active in the Isabella County Youth and Farm Fair, co-chairing the construction of the fair grounds and supporting the youth at the small and large animal auctions. Ken enjoyed dressing as Santa Claus for the Chamber of Commerce, many families within the area and on the family tree farm. He also enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, fishing, golfing, and especially his church, Faith Lutheran Church. Over the years, Ken and Bonnie hosted 14 exchange students from around the world, and still remain in contact with many of them. Ken is survived by his wife, Bonnie Schaeffer; children, Rev. Dr. Kendall (Karen) Schaeffer of LaPorte, IN, and Larae Fedor of Mt. Pleasant; 11 grandchildren, Rachel (Ryan) Winter, Joel (Katreena) Schaeffer, Jason (Katie) Schaeffer, Jeremy (Alex) Schaeffer, Tia Larae Fedor, Kenneth John Fedor, and Stephen Michael Fedor; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Voss of Clare; sister-in-law, Betty Schaeffer of Clare; brother-in-law, Leroy (Gail) Grace of Lake City; and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and brother, H. William Schaeffer. You may view Ken's obituary online and send a condolence to the family or place a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel.com
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Published by Morning Sun from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2018.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
18
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Clark Family Funeral Chapel & Cremation Service
114 S. Bradley, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Oct
18
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Clark Family Funeral Chapel & Cremation Service
114 S. Bradley, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Oct
19
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
, MI
Oct
19
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
, MI
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Clark Family Funeral Chapel & Cremation Service
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Our prayers are with you, Bonnie. Ken was a great guy. I remember when we asked him to lead us in prayer and he said why me? my answer back was you were dumb enough to marry into this family.

That is the fun that Ken, our family is truly better for him being a part of it.

We love you all
Theresa and Denice Grace
October 21, 2018
I believe Mr. Schaeffer is the person who contacted me after high school graduation to tell me of a position he believed would be a good fit for me. I was subsequently hired for the position and worked for that organization for 39 years in several capacities. It was a wonderful place to work and I am eternally grateful to Mr. Schaffer.
Karen Humm (Beard)
October 21, 2018
Ken walked the talk, his favorit saying was Work hard, play hard.
Jan Melichar
Family
October 18, 2018
Jan Melichar
October 18, 2018
Such a class act!
H.H. Harris
October 17, 2018
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