Ronald J. Schaefer, 76, Dale

Ronald J. Schaefer, 76, of Dale, died Tuesday, October 13, at his home. He was born in Adyeville January 26, 1944, to Hilbert and Leona (Persohn) Schaefer. He married Rita “Ridy” Litkenhus June 26, 1965, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dale.

Ronnie was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish – St. Joseph Church, a former president of the parish council, a member of the maintenance committee, an usher, and formerly played bass guitar in the choir. He was selected into the Simon Brute’ Society. He was a member of the Mariah Hill Conservation Club and Jasper Outdoor Recreation and enjoyed playing golf with his three sons, woodworking, and being with family. He retired from Kimball after 51 years of employment.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita “Ridy” Schaefer; three sons, Jeff Schaefer and wife Lisa and Jim Schaefer and wife Kyla, all of Dale, and Joe Schaefer and wife Kathy, Bardstown, Kentucky; six grandsons; one granddaughter; two great-granddaughters; and two brothers, Jerry Schaefer and wife Ruth and Stanley Schaefer and wife Linda, all of Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbert and Leona Schaefer.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. (CT) Sunday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand, and from 9-10 a.m. (CT) Monday at St. Joseph Church in Dale. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Rock Steady Boxing at the YMCA in Ferdinand, St. Joseph Church in Dale, or to Heart to Heart Hospice. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. (CT) Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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