Schafer Jeffrey

June 12, 1954 — Dec. 22, 2017

ELDRIDGE, IOWA — Jeffrey P. Schafer, 63, of Eldridge, passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church. Private burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family to further his son, Chad’s education.

Jeff was born June 12, 1954, in Davenport, the son of Cleyon and Susan (Nehlson) Schafer. A graduate of Davenport Central, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree from Kearney State University in Nebraska.

Jeff was united in marriage to Marilee J. Bowers on July 16, 1977, in Grinnell, Iowa.

He taught fourth grade, most recently at Truman Elementary and before at Fillmore Elementary in Davenport, retiring in 2012. Before that, he had implemented the Talented and Gifted Program at North Scott elementary schools and began his teaching career in Cambridge, Nebraska.

Jeff enjoyed traveling and embarking on vacation cruises. He and Marilee were avid supporters of art, music and theater. He kept up-to-date with current events and enjoyed history. He also enjoyed basketball and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Marilee; his sons, Michael Schafer of Wooster, Ohio, Shawn Schafer of Eldridge and Chad Schafer of Eldridge; his brothers, David (Wynne) Schafer of Davenport, John Schafer and his wife, Sue Ellingson of Madison, Wisconsin and Dan (Margaret) Schafer of Houston, Texas.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents.

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