Fire Chief Robert J. "Bob"
Fire Chief Robert J. "Bob" Schaefer, 58, of Slinger, entered into eternal peace on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bob was born on Feb. 2, 1949, the son of Mathias and Lucille (nee Gundrum) Schaefer, in Marshfield.
He was raised in Pittsville until 1958, when he moved to Slinger where he graduated from Slinger High School in 1967.
After graduation, Bob served in the United States Army in Germany until 1970.
Upon his return, he married Sharon J. "Sherry" Bahr on April 8, 1972, and the couple began a family of their own.
In 1973, the couple opened Schaeferís Service Center in Slinger, which is still in operation. They later began Schaeferís Amoco in 1987.
On Nov. 1, 1979, Bob devotedly joined the Slinger Fire Depart-ment, where he achieved the position of fire chief in 1992 and held the rank until his passing.
He had been a member of St. Peterís Catholic Church in Slinger since 1958.
In his free time, Bob loved fishing, hunting, and above all, spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren, all whom he held so dearly in his heart.
Bob will be deeply missed and forever loved by his loving wife and best friend of 35 years, Sherry; his treasured children, Brad (Tracey) Schaefer and Amy (Jon) Schlicht, both of Slinger; his cherished grandchildren, Mackenzie and Mathias Schaefer and Caitlin and Jenna Schlicht; his dear siblings, Dick (Rita) Schaefer, Joann Schodron, Judy (Butch) Held, Ron (Carleen) Schaefer, Roger (Janis) Schaefer and Jeanie (Nick) Meyer; and his mother-in-law, Joan Giles.
He will also be missed by many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mathias and Lucille Schaefer; a brother, Ken-ny Schaefer; a brother-in-law, Dennis Schodron; his father-in-law, Gene Giles; and a nephew, Matthew Meyer.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 until 8:30 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with a prayer vigil led by Father Richard J. Stoffel at 8:30 p.m.
A fire department walk-through will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at St. Peterís Catholic Church, 202 E. Washington Street, Slinger, with Father Stoffel officiating.
Interment of ashes will take place at St. Peterís (new) Catholic Cemetery.
The family requests that no flowers are sent, and in lieu of flowers, donations are made to either the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial, P.O. Box 248, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-4440, or the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9884 Main St., P.O. Box 458, Damascus, MD 20872.
The Schaefer Family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Kurt Konkel, Dr. Hackbarth and staff, Dr. Hari, and all the staff at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital for their compassionate and professional care given to Bob.
They would also like to thank the Slinger Fire Department, all their employees, and family and friends for the support and love that was extended to Bob and their family during this time.