Mark L. Schafer died Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born April 13, 1933 in Fowler, MI the son of Joseph M. and Dora (Schueller) Schafer. Mark was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus. He served in the Army during the Korean War and enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards, doing crafts, cooking and farming. On October 22, 1957 he married Arleita Jury. Mark drove a gasoline delivery truck for Hammond Oil Company for five years then went to work for Federal Mogul Corp. retiring in 1994 after 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arleita; four sons, Gary (Sue) of Goodrich, Bruce (Lois) of St. Johns, Terry (Amy) of Fowler and Kevin of St. Johns; two daughters, Sandra Schafer (Allen Dault) of St. Johns and Brenda (Randy) Antes of Fowler; 19 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; two brothers, Anthony (Rose) of N.C. and Jerry of St. Johns and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Nancy; an infant son, John; great grandson, Reese; his parents; four brothers; five sisters; a niece and two nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church 109 Linden St. Johns with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams as Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Mt. Rest Cemetery with military honors provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Tuesday at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. A rosary will be prayed at 3:00 PM on Tuesday and a K of C Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM Tuesday both at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Great Lakes Caring 1011 US 27 #A St. Johns, MI 48879.
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