Owen C. Schaefer, 69, of Ashland, passed away Sunday morning, October 22, 2017 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 24, 1948 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Richard and Rosemary (Stanley) Schaefer. He has been a resident of Ashland for the past 26 years moving here from Mansfield.
Owen had worked in retail sales for 49 years. First as an assistant manager for the grocery chain T&A / (Food-Town) and retired as the manager of Dollar General on November 1, 2014.
He served his country as a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the Mansfield Post of the VFW and had been a 4-H advisor in Ashland County for 15 years where he served on many different committees.
In his free-time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his boys and granddaughters.
On December 7, 2001 he was married to Stephanie A. Fortney who survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Kevin Schaefer (Adrienne Nusbaum) of Mansfield and Steven (Alanna) Schaefer of Mansfield; one stepson Christopher (Kayla) Berry of Ashland; three granddaughters, Rylie & Kylie Schaefer and Angela Berry and one sister, Karen Kantz of Florence AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step father, George Kantz and his brother, George Schaefer.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Rev. Rodney A. Kreidler officiating. Friend may visit with the family following the memorial service until 7:00 p.m. at the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Ashland County Memorial Park. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
For those not able to attend, expressions of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting denbowfh.com
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