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Robert Vincent Schaefer was born February 29, 1928, in rural Adams County, IA, the fourth child of Harold William and Bernice Lewie Madison Schaefer. Bob attended country school in Ringgold County.
Bob was united in marriage to Betty Jean Carson on November 23, 1946, in Troy, KS. Two children were born to this union: Randall Eugene and Caryl Ann.
In the early years, Bob worked with his brother, Lowell, doing construction and hauling REA poles for the new power lines mainly in the western portion of Iowa. In the early 1950’s, Bob and Betty settled down to farm southeast of Diagonal and later moved to the current farm on “Highway 66” in 1964. Bob enjoyed farming where he raised corn and soybeans, but his #1 love was cattle of which he never could quite give up…still having a small herd to this day. He loved being outside, watching the Stephens boys farm his land and in later years, tootling around on his Ranger, checking the crops and just seeing what was going on in the neighborhood. He also enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino.
Bob passed away on August 28, 2021, at the age of 93 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother; wife, Betty, in 2002 and son, Randy, in 2008; brother, Lowell R. Schaefer, and wife, Maxine; sisters, Thressa Willey, and husband, Don; Darlene Ricker and husband, Eldon; two half-siblings, Lowell Schaefer and Shirley Braaten; and in-laws, Robert Wallaker and Marie Schaefer.
Left to cherish the memories are his daughter, Caryl Ann, and husband, Brian Fine; grandchildren, Clint Fine, Rachel Honey and her husband, Trent and Ryan Fine and his wife, Sara; five great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Bob also had an extended family who also survive him: the “Minnesota Schaefer’s” which include Geraldine Wallaker, Norman “Bud” Schaefer, Dale and Janet Schaefer, Galen Schaefer, Barb and Eugene Gullickson, Bonnie and Harlan Hoakinson and Bob Braaten.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at the Knowlton Cemetery in Diagonal, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Casketbearers were Alex Stephens, Bob Sobotka, Bill Schaefer, Ed Sobotka, Jon Schaefer and Derald Schaefer.
Honorary casketbearers were Jerry Stephens, John Stephens, Jack Stephens, Steve Stephens, Ed Allee, Brent Sobotka, Joe Sobotka and Claire Newton.
At rest at the Knowlton Cemetery in Diagonal, IA.
Memorials are to the Knowlton Cemetery.

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