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Otto Schaefer

Otto Schaefer

Jan. 14, 1916 - Jan. 14, 2009

HANCOCK -- Otto Schaefer, 93, died Tuesday at the West Wind Village in Morris.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Apostolic Christian Church near Morris. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

He was born Jan. 14, 1916, in Hancock to Henry and Caroline (Joos) Schaefer. He attended school in District 65 in Moore Township until the age of 13.

He worked on the family farm until 1937 and then worked as a carpenter for Tony Boon. He moved to Edelstein, Ill., and lived there until 1941 when he returned to Hancock. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 and served as a medical technician and utility man. Later he was deployed to England and spent 18 months overseas. He served three years and nine months and returned to his hometown of Hancock and became a carpenter/contractor. He established the Rainbow Rafter Company in Hancock and constructed many houses and farm buildings in the Hancock area.

On June 22, 1947, he married Helen Eisenmann.

He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church.

He is survived by sons: Charles (and Judy) Schaefer of Hancock, Mich., and Roger (and Jill) Schaefer of Canberra, Australia; five grandchildren; a sister: Martha Schaefer of Peoria, Ill.; and a brother: Anton Schaefer of Morris.

He was preceded in death by his wife; five brothers; and two sisters.