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Michael C. Schaffer

Published on -3/23/2013, 9:47 PM

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Michael C. Schaffer, 88, La Crosse, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Kansas Soldiers Home, Fort Dodge.

He was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Liebenthal to Michael and Magdalena (Herrman) Schaffer. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County, attended Lucky Hollow Country Grade School, and was a 1943 graduate of Schoenchen High School.

He married Juanita Urban on May 11, 1949, in Pfeifer. After his return from World War II, he worked for the State Engineer's Division in Larned and later farmed until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II. He served in the Battle of the Bulge, battle of the Siegfried Line and the Rhine River crossing. He received the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and the EAMET Ribbon. He served on the frontline until the end of the war, which ended in Berlin, Germany. He was in Berlin, Germany, when the Germans surrendered to the U.S. under General Patton's 3rd Army 5th Infantry Division, the division Mr. Schaffer served with.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2340, both of Liebenthal, an honorary Fourth Degree Knight of the Bishop Cunningham Assembly 282, Hays, and a member of Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 3147, La Crosse.

Survivors include his wife, La Crosse; two sons, Leland and wife, Jan, Liebenthal, and Harvey and wife, Laurie, Great Bend; a daughter, Donna and husband, James Herrman, Olathe; four sisters, Monica Unrein and Ludwina Haselhorst, both of Hays, Frances Urban, Great Bend, and Mary Kisner, Wichita; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roy Michael Schaffer; two brothers, Vincent Schaffer and Joe Schaffer; and four sisters, Applonia Moeder, Bertha Moeder, Martina Werth and Anna Price.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Liebenthal; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Liebenthal.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, and from 9 to 9:50 a.m. Monday at the church.

A vigil and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested for Masses, St. Joseph's Heritage Association, Liebenthal, or donor's choice in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.charterfunerals.com.

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