Ronald Schaefer, 70, of Mitchell, SD, went to his heavenly home Friday, July 2, 2021 in Mitchell. A Celebration of Life service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, July 6, at Harvest Community Church in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Ronald Schaefer was born May 22, 1951 to Arthur and Alma (Goldammer) Schaefer. Ron graduated in 1969 from Mitchell High School, and from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1973. He worked for and owned H&R Block for over 50 years. In 1981 Ron met the love of his life, Mary Kathryn Brady. On June 26, 1982, Ron and Mary were married at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell, SD. Together they ran many small businesses and made an incredible team for 39 years.
Ron had a true passion for preparing taxes. The only rival to this passion, was a good cup of coffee. He was hardworking, resourceful, intelligent, and kind to anyone who asked for his help. His greatest joys were supporting his family, attending their academic and sporting events, traveling to new destinations, and taking the opportunity to add a witty one liner to any conversation. His natural engineering talent could bring any vision to life; from an engraving of a moose on a gunstock to an entire home.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Mary; sons, Chris (Jamie) Schaefer of Yankton, SD and Jonathon Schaefer of Mitchell, SD; daughters, Samantha Schaefer and Kimberly Schaefer both of Mitchell, SD; and five wonderful grandchildren: William, Andrea, Maggie, Christian and Lydia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley Burkhardt, and in-laws William and Ida Brady.
The family wishes to thank the community for the outpouring of support amongst their loss.