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Leo H. Schaefer


April 29, 2020

Leo H. Schaefer, 92, Hoven, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at the Bowdle Nursing Home. Interment will be at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Hoven led by Father Darin Schmidt. There will be a Funeral Mass announced when conditions warrant, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with military rites following by the John J. Peters American Legion Post #159, Hoven.

Leo Hubert Schaefer was born September 20, 1927, to Anna (Kaiser) and Matthias Schaefer at their farm just north of Hoven. He attended school in Hoven at St. Bernard's Catholic School, and graduated from Hoven High School in 1945. He served his country in the US Army from early 1946 and was honorably discharged in April 1947. Leo married Phyllis Zweber on September 16, 1952 in Hoven. They established their home on a farm nine miles northwest of Hoven where they farmed together until her death on Feb 7, 1995. He continued to farm there until entering the Bowdle Nursing Home in 2011 where he lived for the remainder of his life.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hoven. He enjoyed farming and ranching, music and dancing, reading (especially the Aberdeen American Newspaper daily from age 9 until a few years ago), playing cards, visiting with people, driving around looking at crops and livestock, watching TV (rooting for the Minnesota Twins and Vikings), his Catholic faith and being around his family.

Survivors include his children, four sons, Don (Bev) Schaefer and Dan Schaefer of Hoven, Alan (Chris) Schaefer of Java, and Tom (Michele) Schaefer of Ipswich; five daughters, Debra (Mark) Neumayr of Flagstaff, Ariz., Diane (Mike) Kula of Gettysburg, Carol (Shannon) Waldman of Onaka, Linda Schaefer of Pierre, Susie (Brian) Helm of Mobridge; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Irene Taylor of Gresham, Ore., Sister Alice Schaefer of Mount Angel, Ore., and Mary (Bill) Klein of Sioux City, Iowa; sister-in -law Delores Schaefer of Black Hawk; and a large extended family of many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to Phyllis, he was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Matt; his brother Arthur (in infancy); brother Tony; sister Thelma Dutt; brother-in-law Albert Dutt; sister-in-law Geraldine (Zweber) Gisness; brother-in-law Wes Gisness; brother-in-law Cletus Zweber; and Mary and Anton Zweber, his parents-in-law.

Services are in care of Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle. Online obituary and guest book at http://www.millerlienfh.com .


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