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Obit: William SCHAFFER (1855-1931)

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Obit: William SCHAFFER (1855-1931)

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William Schaffer passed away Thursday at Waunita Hot Springs east of Gunnison, according to word received by his friends here. He resided on his ranch on the Grand Avenue Road for years and both he and his family are well known here. No details of his death were received. The remains will arrive here tonight from Gunnison and will be taken to the Martin Funeral Home from the train. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Mr. Schaffer with his family left here early in the summer to take charge of the hotel, pool and concession management of Waunita resort. The family has resided there this summer.

He is survived by his widow and several children, two of whom are Marvin Schaffer and Miss Ethel Schaffer. They are expected here tonight accompanying their father’s remains.

Source: "Wm. Schaffer Passed Away at Waunita." Daily Sentinel [Grand Junction, CO] 21 Aug. 1931: 1. Print.

Well Known Fruitvale Resident Lived in Valley 18 Years; Died at Waunita

The funeral of the late William Schaffer will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Martin Chapel. Rev. A. Yungschlager will have charge of the service and burial will be in the Municipal Cemetery.

Mr. Schaffer passed away at Waunita Hot Springs, 28 miles east of Gunnison, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T.T. Oyler. He had been in failing health for about the past year and one half and he had never fully recovered from an illness of last spring. He and Mrs. Schaffer had gone to Waunita where it was hoped that his condition would improve. He had been there only during the summer months.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 16, 1855, Mr. Schaffer was 76 years of age. At the age of eight years, he moved with his parents to Lewiston, Minnesota, where he grew to manhood. In that city on October 7, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Neeb and to this union were born 13 children, 11 of whom survive their father.

He had been a resident of Colorado for the past 24 years, 18 of which he had lived in the Grand valley. He and his family resided for years on his ranch on the Grand Avenue Road. He was a well known and respected resident of Fruitvale where he had many friends. His life was one of activity and of doing for others. He had never known enemies and was a loving husband and a devoted father. In 1925, Mr. and Mrs. Schaffer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and he has passed away after 56 years of happy life doing for his family.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Catherine Schaffer, and his children, Mrs. W.F. Schmidt of Salem, Oregon. Mrs. G.D. Cheatham of White, S.D., Mrs. Wesley Deich of Limon, Colo., Mrs. George Abernathy of Garden City, Kan., Mrs. C.O. Sears of Sterling, Colo., John Schaffer and Marvin Schaffer of Denver, Mrs. M.R. Sarles of Silverton, William H. Schaffer of Santa Ana, Calif., Mrs. William Allen of Durango, and Mrs. T.T. Oyler of Waunita. Mr. Schaffer had two brothers and a sister, all of whom preceded him in death.

The remains were brought here from Gunnison on Friday, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Oyler, who will remain for the funeral.

Source: "Funeral of Wm. Schaffer Sunday at 3." Daily Sentinel [Grand Junction, CO] 22 Aug. 1931: 2. Print.

Contributor Notes: William was the son of John & Barbara (Hicks?) Schaffer, who would be my 3rd great-grandparents. I'd love to exchange information with anyone researching this family.

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