John Robert Schaefer, born Nov. 4, 1956, in Seattle, to Carl and Katherine Schaefer, died May 2, 2011, in Walla Walla. John lived in Seattle until he was 7 years old. John would travel every summer to Canada from Vancouver, B.C., to Newcastle, New Brunswick, for family
vacations. He then moved to Calais, Maine, for one year. At age 9 he moved to Walla Walla, where his father grew up as a child. John's grandparents came here in 1899 from Saratov, Russia, along with other
Germans from the Volga River. He went to Paine School, Garrison Jr. High, and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1975.
At age 12 he became a paper carrier for the Union-Bulletin and won numerous awards and trips, until he was promoted to the circulation department as district manager for the carriers, then moved up to
being a pressman for over 24 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 2002. After a year in Las Vegas he had a hip replacement and a year later moved back to Walla Walla. Shortly after returning he had to have the
hip removed do to complication and was unable to walk again. John enjoyed fishing, boating, all sports and especially knowing all of the statistics of each professional player and team. He was an avid card
player, weightlifter and bowler. John also enjoyed traveling, concerts and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Family and friends were the most important to him. He will be missed.
He is survived by two brothers, Carl (Susan) Schaefer and Ralph (Elsie) Inman, both of Walla Walla; and one sister, Marjorie King of Gastonia, N.C.; one nephew, Johannes Schaefer of Treuchtlingen,
Germany; and four nieces, Evelyn (Burl) Wallace of Walla Walla, Debi (Gary) Seaton, Marilyn (Tom) Jones and Candi King; and seven great-nieces and nephews and six great-great nieces and nephews. He
was proceeded in death by father, Carl Schaefer; mother, Katherine Schaefer; niece, Carolyn Tremaine; nephew, Anthony Tremaine.
Celebration of life will be at Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm St., Walla Walla, on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution can be made to your favorite youth organization.