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Robert V. Schaefer

March 29, 1942 - July 7, 2019

Burial Date July 15, 2019

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Robert V. Schaefer, 77 of Heyworth, Illinois, formerly of Tarkio, Missouri, passed away at 11:30 am Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. Funeral Services were held July 11 at The United Church of Heyworth, under the direction of Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth.


Bob was born March 29, 1942 in Sheffield Alabama, a son of Robert M. and Christina Smith Schaefer.   He married Karen Niemann on July 2, 1966 at the Tarkio United Methodist Church in Tarkio.  She survives.   Also surviving are daughter Kirsten (Clemons) Schaefer Feldker of Bloomington, Illinois; grandchildren Zachery Feldker and Valerie Feldker; and brother Charles (Marie) Schaefer of Santa Rosa California.


Bob attended Tarkio United Methodist Church while living in Atchison County and The United Church of Heyworth after moving to Illinois.   He attended Tarkio College and earned the MBA from Northwest Missouri State University.   Bob was a musician finding a passion for the trombone from a young age and picking up the trumpet just five years ago.   When younger, with friends he built an amateur stock car and competed at the local level.   He was also a railroad enthusiast who enjoyed creating model train layouts.   He was a woodworker who created projects for family members.   Throughout his life, Bob had many interests and hobbies, but most of all he loved his family.   He was a loving husband of 53 years, a great father, and a devoted friend who will be deeply missed.


Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Monday, July 15, 2019, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.

Interment: High Creek Cemetery, Watson, Missouri

The family will receive friends 10:00 – 11:00 AM Monday prior to the funeral.

Memorials may be made to Tarkio United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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Arrangements Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.