Larry Mark Schafer, age 73 of Marengo, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 30, 2017, Meadow Hill Christian Church, Homestead, Iowa with Rev. Carol Travers officiating. Military Honors will be performed at the church. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to help defray funeral costs. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Larry is survived by his children, Todd of Oskaloosa, Erika Pride (Greg) of Webster City, Doug of Killeen, TX, Heidi Burggraaf (Eric) of Gilman, and Ben of Blairstown; twelve grandchildren, Mariah, Kiah, Jami and Jordon Pride, Logan, Corbin, Benton, and Evelyn Burggraaf, Brayden Simon, Kylie Schafer and Landon Schafer; and his siblings, Janet Hittle of Mesa, AZ, Myrna Holcomb (Dennis) of San Tan Valley, AZ, and Doreen Flowers of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ronald Schafer.
Larry Mark Schafer was born February 3, 1943 in Batavia, Iowa, the son of Lester and Juanita Davis Schafer. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1961 and then attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army and was on active duty in Germany and Fort Bragg, NC from 1964-67. He continued his service to his country with the Army Reserves until 1970. He returned home to Iowa and raised his family. Larry was employed Farmstead Foods, and when they closed their doors he attended Kirkwood College for re-training. He then was employed with Stoney Creek Manufacturing in Blairstown. Larry was an animal lover and enjoyed his horses, dogs and rabbits.