Ronald Schaefer

Dates

May 22, 1951 - July 2, 2021

Obituary

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.


Visitation(s)

None Scheduled

Service

Date
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Time
2:00 PM
Location
Harvest Community Church
1017 W Norway Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Posted by Scott and Kandi Lewis on September 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss! We just became aware of Ron's passing today as a freind called H&R in Mitchell to speak with him. We live in Chamberlain and Ron has been doing our taxes for the last ten years. We always looked forward to coming to get our taxes done by Ron! He was very good at what he did and you should be proud of him for that! Again, condolences and thoughts and prayers from my family to yours!
Posted by Joan Honomichl on July 19, 2021
Mary and family; my sympathy in the sudden loss of Ron. May God walk with you in your grief. Such a loss to never be understood. I am so sorry.
Posted by Barb Bauder on July 14, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss. We have had Ron handle our taxes for the last 20+ years and he was always such a pleasure to work with. God bless your family.❤️
Posted by Mark Bauer on July 12, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. My sincerest condolences!
Posted by Gary & Sandy Butterfield on July 12, 2021
We are sending our prayers and hugs to you Mary and your family
Posted by Linda stratton on July 11, 2021
You have my deepest sympathy Mary. You will be in my prayers.
Posted by Carol Vilhauer on July 11, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Ron was an awesome guy. Also did our taxes
Posted by Jennifer Vilhauer Lees on July 11, 2021
Mary and family,
I am so saddened to hear about the loss of Ron. Not only was Ron and my Dad cousins, you were also good friends to both my parents. I have fond memories of those years when my mom worked for you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers❤️
Posted by Tim & Tammy Bassett on July 11, 2021
We are very saddened by your loss. He was kind and a friend to all. You and your family are in our prayers.
Posted by Sherry (Harris) Pierson on July 10, 2021
My mother, Norma worked at Red Owl with your beloved Ron. When Ron became an accountant, my mom went to Ron faithfully every year. She thought very highly of him! My heart is saddened by your recent loss. Hugs to Mary and family.
Posted by Kellie and Hazen Taylor on July 8, 2021
Ron, thank you for your kindness you showed to us when we lived in Mitchell. Your legacy will live on through your children and grandchilren.....Prayers for the family. <3
Posted by Cathy & Steve Barringer on July 8, 2021
Dear Mary and family: we were so sad to hear of your loss. Our heart goes out to you & your family during this difficult time. Just remember you will see each other again one day. Hugs and prayers for you.
Posted by Marge Wagner on July 8, 2021
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Lyla Jerke on July 7, 2021
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Alisa Thill on July 7, 2021
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. May God comfort you and bring peace during this time of loss.
Posted by Donna (Nolz) Ellingson on July 7, 2021
Mary, I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Susan Brooks Jette on July 7, 2021
Thinking of you! So sorry for you loss! Sending prayers!!!
Posted by Nancy (Schoenfelder) Miiller on July 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss Mary...My thoughts and prayers are with u and your family .....
Posted by Rob Fox on July 6, 2021
Oh Mary….my heart aches for your loss. Peace to you and your family.
Posted by Mary Ann Osen on July 6, 2021
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Rocky Von Eye on July 6, 2021
Mary I'm sending a hug and many prayers to you and your family. May God give you strength as you travel through this new life without Ron.
Posted by Stacey Endres on July 6, 2021
Sending my sympathy & hugs. I’m sorry for your loss.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on July 6, 2021
So sorry to all of you .You are in our prayers Mary in this hard time .
Posted by Deb (Mahoney) Abeln on July 6, 2021
Mary: So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Greg Vander Lugt on July 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss, he must have been a very good person...
Posted by Clinton Pence on July 6, 2021
Sorry for your loss.Very helpful man.
Posted by Ron & Ramona Pavlin on July 6, 2021
May God be with you & your family at this most difficult time. Ron was an intelligent & kind man.
Posted by Doug & Bonnie Carlson on July 6, 2021
Sorry for your loss, Mary, you your family are in our prayers
Posted by Albert&Elaine Hirsch.. on July 6, 2021
Dear Mary&Family our sympathy to you &family Ron was a great person he did our taxes nearly (50)yrs always had time to visit. Ron was a great person.you are in our prays.
Posted by Lori Scott on July 6, 2021
So sorry fir your sudden loss! We must live each day to the fullest, for we can’t foresee the future! Many hugs to you all!
Posted by John and Kris Kieffer on July 6, 2021
May God hold all of u in the palm of His hand. Hugs n see u tomorrow
Posted by Gail Hahne on July 6, 2021
Prayers to you and your family sorry to hear about your loss
Posted by Tim and Karen Harrington on July 6, 2021
Mary and family, we are so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing! May the Lord walk with you during this difficult time! Thoughts and prayers are with you!
Posted by Nancy Kogel on July 6, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss Mary & family! You are in my prayers .
Posted by Nancy Kogel on July 6, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss Mary & family! You are in my prayers .
Posted by Dennis Brady on July 6, 2021
So very sorry. Thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Christina on July 5, 2021
I am sorry for your loss. He was a very nice man always greeted me with a smile at church. God bless your family.
Posted by Rick & Lori Anderson on July 5, 2021
We are very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Posted by Lori and Mark Kauffman on July 5, 2021
Mary and family: I was heartbroken for you after hearing of Ron’s passing. Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel the peace of God that passes all understanding.
Posted by Pat Helgeland on July 5, 2021
Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear about Ron. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jan Weisser on July 5, 2021
Our sympathy to your family. We will miss him. Always enjoyed visiting with him. God be with you.
Posted by Willie and Kay Schoenfelder on July 5, 2021
Sending sympathy to the Schaefer family and will keep all of you in our prayers
Posted by Cindi (Heck) Lillibridge on July 5, 2021
Mary Kay and family, I am heartbroken for your sudden loss. I pray for you all to find peace. Prayers and hugs to you all. I am so sorry.
Posted by Emily Brady Church and family on July 5, 2021
Sending all our love. Thinking of you all and holding you close in our hearts.
Posted by Pat and Barb Carlon on July 5, 2021
Mary and Family we are thinking of you at this time. Ron will truly be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you All.
Posted by Sally Merkwan on July 5, 2021
Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Paula Platz on July 5, 2021
Mary my heart aches for you. Deepest sympathy for your loss.
Posted by Connie Frazer on July 5, 2021
My Deepest sympathy to all of you . Ron was a great Man . Prayers
Posted by Vicky Herrick on July 5, 2021
Prayers to your family, sending many hugs
Posted by Cherie Stoterau on July 4, 2021
Sorry for your loss Mary,your in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Sue VanderHeiden on July 4, 2021
Mary I am so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. RIP Ron. You will be greatly missed by many
Posted by Hollie Karber on July 4, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss! Ron was a great guy!
Posted by Jim & Wendy Klemetsrud on July 4, 2021
We send our deepest sympathy . Know that you are in our prayers .
Posted by Lori (Underhill) Deibert on July 4, 2021
Dearest Mary, You have my sincere condolences, and I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks. Stay strong my friend.
Posted by Kelly Hills on July 4, 2021
Mary and family I am so heartbroken about your loss. My sincerest sympathy to you all. May you find comfort and peace in each other. God bless.
Posted by John and Lori Solberg on July 4, 2021
Our deepest and most sincere sympathy to the Schafer family.
Ron was a great person and will be deeply missed.
Posted by Steve and tammy bamberg on July 4, 2021
Oh no so sorry to hear this but may the memories of him
Last forever..
Posted by Brian & Michelle Bultje on July 4, 2021
We are so very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Praying for peace and comfort. Virtual hugs coming your way.
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