Donald Schafer

Oct. 25, 1936 — Oct. 28, 2009


COLLEGE PLACE — Dr. Donald Wilfred Edwin Schafer Sr., 73, died Oct. 28, 2009, at his home.
Private burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery. A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12th Avenue and Larch Street. A second memorial will be 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 26775 S.E. Kelso Road, Boring, Ore.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bags of Love through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road.
Dr. Schafer was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Woodbend, Alberta, Canada, to Samuel and Emilie Stockman Schafer. He graduated from high school at Canadian Union College, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. He received a bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College and completed medical school at Loma Linda (Calif.) University.
On June 28, 1959, he and Glenda Jeanne Gimbel married in Beiseker, Alberta, Canada.
He was a pathologist at Portland Adventist Medical Center for 39 years, president of the medical staff and chairman of the credentials committee. He also was chairman of the Board of International Children’s Care, Vancouver, Wash.
He loved music and played piano, trumpet and baritone. He also sang in family worships, church and nursing homes.
He was a kind, gentle and patient man. He enjoyed talking to people about his faith. He also was a leader in many community health education programs, including the Coronary Health Improvement Project. He enjoyed nature, walking and helping people in need. He and his wife moved to College Place in August 2009.
Dr. Schafer is survived by his wife at home; a daughter, Jacqueline Schafer Zuill of Lacombe; two sons, Donald Schafer Jr. of College Place and Curtis Schafer of Walla Walla; three sisters, Selma Potschka and Ruth Krenzler of Lacombe and Carrol Smith of Morningside, Alberta, Canada; seven brothers, Dave Schafer of Lacombe, Elmer Schafer of Vernon, British Columbia, Irvin Schafer of Canyon Creek, Alberta, Canada, George Schafer of McBride, British Columbia, Herb Schafer of College Place, Bob Schafer of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, and Leon Schafer of Coldstream, British Columbia; five grandchildren, and 50 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Schafer and Samuel Schafer, and a sister, Evelyn Schafer Nary.


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