Gary Schafer

Gary Schafer

Gary Curtis Schafer, 70, of Lamberton died Thursday April 16, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Visitation and funeral service were held Tuesday morning, April 21, at Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Kathy Tetrick officiated at the service. Interment was at Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye.

Gary Curtis Schafer was born January 12, 1945, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, to Eli and Pearl (Fischer) Schafer. He attended Danube Public School, then served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. Gary drove truck in Germany and was honorably discharged on September 29, 1967. He married Jean Schneider on June 30, 1973, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Missoula, Montana. The couple made their home in Missoula where Gary drove truck and then moved to Farmington where he hauled lumber. Gary and Jean moved to Lamberton in 1978 to farm. Gary owned and drove semi for many years traveling to different states and enjoyed seeing the country. He was a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association where he rode bucking horses and enjoyed the western way of life.

He is survived by wife Jean; children, Steve (Kim) Schafer, Dave (Priscilla) Schafer, Randy and friend Arye Schafer, Tim (Sheila) Schafer, and Kim (Joseph) Tranby; grandchildren- Aimee (Randy) Best, Alison (Marc) Erickson, Nicole (Ben) Gossman, Brittanie Schafer, Kayla Schafer, Tyler Jay Schafer, Travis Tranby, and Taylor Tranby; great-grandchildren, Lilyana, Annalyse, Matthew and Grace; and sister Kathy (Ed) Oplinger. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Springfield Advance-Press

13 S. Marshall Avenue PO Box 78 Springfield, MN 56087