W. “Ray” Schaefer, 102, of the town Kewaskum, passed away on Monday,
June 3, 2013, at Beechwood Rest Home in Beechwood.
He was born on April 20, 1911, in the town of Kewaskum, the son of the
late Louis and Emma (Backhaus) Schaefer, and he was baptized on May 14,
1911. On Oct. 13, 1934, he was united in marriage to Agnes Meilahn at
St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum. Ray and Agnes were
lifelong residents of the town of Kewaskum where they farmed. Agnes
preceded Ray in death on June 2, 2000.
Ray was a member of St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum
where he served on the church council. He was very involved in the
community where he served as a member of the Kewaskum Elementary School
Board, was on the district CESA 16 Public School Board, started the
Kewaskum 4-H’ers Club and was a founding member of the Kewaskum Kiwanis
Ray will fondly be remembered as a conservationist, a good card player,
a “celebrity” at the YMCA, and one who enjoyed fishing, dancing and
married life. He will always be known as Dad and Papa and will be deeply
missed by his family and by all who knew him.
Those Ray leaves behind to cherish his memory include three children,
Audray (Ernest) Wiesen of Rocky River, Ohio, David (Cathy) Schaefer of
Kewaskum and Dan (Gail) Schaefer of Madison; six grandchildren, Rachel
(Rich) Anderson, Erica M. Wiesen, Beth (Bert) Falak, Sandra (Tom III)
Etzel, Jeremy (Nicole) Schaefer and Mary Schaefer; eight
great-grandchildren, Charles and Tristan Horning, Janae, Joelle and Noah
Anderson, and Alayna, Mckenna and Jaxon Falak; and other relatives and
In addition to his wife and parents, Ray was preceded in death by a
sister, Elva (Milton) Coulter.
Funeral services for Ray will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10,
2013, at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum. The Rev.
Troy Swenson will officiate and burial will follow in Lutheran Memorial
Park in Kewaskum.
The Schaefer family will greet relatives and friends at the church on
Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorials to Winnebago Lutheran Academy or the charity of one’s choice
in Ray’s memory are appreciated. Please omit flowers.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Ray’s
arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at