Raymond A. Schaefer, Jr., age 91, joined his Heavenly Father on November 13, 2021. Ray was born on July 15, 1930 to Ruth and Raymond Schaefer, Sr. in Buffalo, New York. In his early years, he served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Afterwards, Ray made a home with his beloved bride Judith A. Schaefer in Boston, New York. He spent his New York years devoted to others in his roles as Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Friend. Ray was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and served his community as a volunteer fireman for many years.
Ray retired from Ford Motor Company after a long tenure and then moved to Florida with his wife where he resided for 25 years. He had served as an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, was a former officer of the Zion Seniors group, and enjoyed Floridian life. Most recently, Ray enjoyed living with his family in Georgia.
Ray is preceded in death by his wife and son Eric John Schaefer. He is greatly missed by his sons: Raymond A. Schaefer, III and Michael (June) Schaefer; daughter: Joy (Brad) Wilkins; and sister: Madonna Sieber. He is the beloved grandfather of Christina, Brett, EJ, Katherine, Cassandra, Michael, Alexander, Noah, and Bao, and six great grandchildren.
Ray served as a friend to many and a sweet man to all. He knows Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Praise God for His servant Ray!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Raymond A. Schaefer, Jr. to Zion Lutheran Church (7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919) or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.