Richard "Dick" Schaefer Sr.
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Richard "Dick" Schaefer Sr., age 68, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his home in Yankton surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. A cremation will follow the funeral and burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the funeral home.

Richard "Dick" Schaefer was born December 17, 1947, in Norfolk, Nebraska, to Wilfred and Mardell (Michaels) Schaefer. He grew up and attended school in Yankton, South Dakota. He married Karen Hedelson on September 5, 1969 in Beresford, South Dakota. They lived in Yankton and Richard worked various jobs in the Yankton area.

Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with friends, spending time with his grandchildren and his dogs. Richard had a big heart and loved his family above everything else. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Schaefer of Yankton; six children: Lori (Steve) Smith of Springfield, South Dakota; Richard (Sarah) Schaefer Jr. of Yankton; Mike (Donna) Schaefer of Yankton; Heather Schaefer of Yankton; Tyler (Miranda) Schaefer of Yankton; and Kyle (Kaitlyn) Schaefer of Vermillion, South Dakota; son-in-law, John Hansen of Freeman, South Dakota; 23 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Bill (Deb) Schaefer of Yankton; three sisters: Sharlene Gillies of Washington; Jean Birnidelli of Washington; and Sheryl (Bob) Woods of Yankton; three dogs: Gracie, Jack, and Missy; close friends: Tammy Johnson and Little Larry, favorite nurses, Tiffany and Christin; special caregiver, Donna Bodden; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Schaefer; daughter, Lisa Hansen; mother-in-law, Hazel Hedelsen; and sister, Shirley (Larry) Walden.


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Karen & family We're so sorry for your loss. He was quite a character. Dick was one of my Dad's best friends.

Joni & Tim Branaugh

My deepest sympathy to all the family members, he was such a happy guy with a great outlook for his children.

Susie Gill

Karen and family so sorry for your loss.I have many memories of our younger years.

Jeannie masterson

I am so sorry for this great loss. Growing up I never knew what to say to him as you know he always picked I remember many good times had don't forget those and never forget losing cards to him at Lisas during a snow storm boy did I get into trouble for losing that money as time passes the memories will be enjoyed.

kaylene snook (nelson)

It was always such a joy when Dick stopped at Kettering Law Office and brought in his little puppies (that he loved so much). He was one special guy who was the best process server Doug Kettering used and he will be missed. Prayers to you Karen and your family.

LaDonna Speirs

Karen and family.... So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you folks! God Bless!

Dan VanOsdel

Karen and Family, Prayers that each of you receives the strength you need to cope with the loss of your loved one. May you take comfort in the memories.

A Neighboring Family

Karen & Family... Sorry to hear of Dick's passing, he will forever be missed!!

Candace (Aune) Fromm

he will be missed forever......he was a good friend.

jack and tammy smith

Thank You for the pictures, they brought back a lot of good memories. Rich, Pete and I had some really GREAT times together. I will miss Rich he was a good friend. Our thoughts and well wishes go out to Karen and the whole Schaefer family. Our thoughts are with you in these trying times.

Alvy Cook

Dick was a childhood friend, and a good friend later in life, He will be missed by Many, My prayers are with Karen and the family. We use to have good times together.

Ed Klasi

Karen and Family...My condolences go out to you, and all the family & friends of Rich. He will always leave a memory in my heart. I will never forget his nickname for me "little bear"...Thank you for sharing the collage of photos. He will definitely be missed. Love to All.

Tonya (Novak)Hassan

Many prayers for your family at this time. I am a friend of Donna Bodden from church, Love to you all.

Pam Upton

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