Eugene Vernon "Shifty" Schaefer

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Eugene Vernon Schaefer, 69, of Essexville, our giving and caring father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at his home. Gene was born at home in Essexville on July 16, 1946, the son of the late Joseph and Mabel (Tackman) Schaefer. Known for his strong work ethic, he dedicated 25 years at General Motors – Powertrain prior to retiring. He loved hunting, and loved his family even more. Gene was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Eugene (Meredith) Schaefer, Matthew Schaefer, Julie (John) Cherwinski, Brett (Melanie) Schaefer, Rebecca (Aaron) Weiss, Adam Schaefer, Christopher Schaefer, and Daniel (Andrea) Thompson. He was the loving and most awesome grandpa of Alec, Gabe, Xaviera, Spencer, Karli, Shane, Calvin, Zachary, Katelyn, Isabella, Grace, Ethan, Emily, Anna, Amariah, Aiden, and is also survived by his great-granddaughter, Lola. Also surviving are his siblings, Luella Walther, Shirley Schaefer, Harmond Schaefer, along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, Gene was welcomed home to heaven by his siblings, Joseph Schaefer, Jr., Bertrand Schaefer, Alfred Schaefer, Cecelia Beiser, Ursula Reou, Lila Gusack, Alice Geiersbach, and his infant brother, Hebert. Gene’s family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Gene will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church), 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of his 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with cremation to follow. A Celebration of Life Reception will immediately follow in The Wesley Room at Skorupski's. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss! Gene was a wonderful, kind- hearted man that wiill be very missed! May he rest in peace. Cathy Holm & Tim Parent

  2. To the Schaefer Family,
    Gene and I were friends all thru school at St John’s Essexville. We shared many good times during those years. We always enjoyed having fun together.I ran into him at Krogers a short time back and we got to share some stories from the past. I am glad I had a chence to see him. Please accept our condolences.
    Mike & Jeanette VanAlst

  3. Dad Dad Dad… I sure miss you and caring for you. I know, that you are no longer miserable and tired but it don’t stop my eyes from doing what they do best. I feel like I’ve started another lake with them from my own life. You were never a burden to me and I will miss you deeply every day. Thank you so much for being my friend when I was broken from my own life… but mainly.. Thank you for all you tried so hard to do… We are all super proud of all your effort. You deserved to not suffer any longer and Im so happy that God noticed .. and sent someone to bring you home to him and your other family. I hope you like everything us kids have done to send you off to your final rest place. Hop on that Jet plane and don’t worry about anyone or anything back here.. I Got this <3 I don't want to... but I am a prodigy of you and your strength.
    Rest in Heaven Dad... enjoy the love, comfort peace.. and safety up there.
    I love you

  4. So sorry to have missed Gene’s funeral. We had many good times at turkey camp and so many great years playing blooper ball together. He will be dearly missed. Jim Havercamp

  5. Uncle Gene always had a twinkle in his eye and a snicker that told you he was up to something…and it was probably something fun! Remembering his sense of humor and caring heart will bring warm memories for years to come. I’m sorry to miss his Celebration of Life and hugging those who knew him best. Sending my love and God’s comfort,

  6. To the Schaefer Family we are so sorry for your loss. Gene was a good friend and co-worker and will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time… Jim & Linda Davis

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