Roy Schaefer

  • Funeral Date: 9/23/17
  • Funeral Time: 11 AM
  • Date of Birth: 9/02/28
  • Date of Death: 3/08/17
  • Funeral Location: Northfield Cemetery

Roy Arling Schaefer was born September 2, 1928, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Arling and Esther Lucille (Werner) Schaefer, and was baptized and confirmed at Herron United Methodist Church in North Minneapolis.  He graduated from Anoka High School in 1946 and attended the University of Minnesota.  He was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Hewitt on August 20, 1949, at the United Methodist Church in Osseo, Minnesota.  After marriage, they lived in the Twin Cities area and Roy worked at the Arsenal in Anoka.  In 1958, Roy accepted a position with G.T. Schjeldahl Manufacturing as an engineer.  In 1960, they moved to Northfield and Roy remained with Schjeldahl until 1970.  He worked for JD Ford, Rupp Industries in Burnsville and Dokmo Ford Chrysler until retiring in 1993.


Roy was a member of the Northfield United Methodist Church, Social Lodge #8 AM & FM in Northfield, the Masonic Royal Arch Commandry, the Masonic Shrine and an antique car club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, playing golf, and was a very talented and accomplished pianist and musician.


Roy passed away, at the age of 88, on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Northfield Hospital.  Survivors include his children, Rick of Palm Harbor, FL, Steven (Barbara) of Virginia Beach, VA, Hewitt (Karen) of Northfield, MN, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, a brother, Raymond (Lorraine) of Brooklyn Park, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents and followed in death by his daughter April.


A graveside and Masonic service will be held on 23 September at 11:00am with Reverend Rachel McIver Morey officiating at the Northfield Cemetery in Northfield.  There will be a luncheon following by invitation from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the River Room of the Archer House River Inn in Northfield.  In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


One comment

  1. Michael Schaefer

    I will always remember the nights I would sneak out of my room and hide in the kitchen so I could listen to you play and sometimes falling asleep and my father(Hewitt Schaefer) would bring me to my roomand put me back in my bed. I will miss love and miss you forever.
    Your grandson Michael Schaefer

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