Francis Vernon Schaefer


November 10, 1928 - September 18, 2016


Francis Vernon Schaefer was born November 10, 1928 at family homestead, near Medicine Creek, SD, to Leroy and Ethel (Werner) Schaefer.  He attended Lyman County School.  On April 4, 1958 he married the love of his life, Wanda Lucille Wiley.  They were married in her parent’s home in Levelland, TX.  Francis spent many years in active duty before returning to South Dakota.  He joined the SD National Guards in Mitchell where he spent the last 27 years of his military career and retiring in 1988.  He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years, where he held various leadership callings within the church.  Francis enjoyed working on car engines and motors of all kinds.  He loved his family and his grandchildren were his pride and joy.

He is survived by his two daughters, Vicky (Clyde) Hirsch of Black Hawk, SD, Dee (Randy) Myrabo of Trenton, MI, nine grandchildren:  Carrie (Eric) Green, Ayla Briggs, Nathan Pruett, all of Mitchell, Lars (Stephanie) Myrabo, Isaac, Rebecca, Hannah, Elizabeth and Abigail Myrabo, all of Michigan; four step-grandchildren:  Heidi (Joel) Goldammer, Dusty (Trisha)  Hirsch, Daniel and Jesse Hirsch all of South Dakota, three step-great-grandchildren: Jordyn Martin, Jacee and Lexie Goldammer; one sister, Leola Peterson; one brother, James Schaefer, both of South Dakota and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda, his parents, one brother, Leroy Jr. and one sister-in-law, Gloria Schaefer.


Thursday, September 22, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 23, 2016
1:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Vicki Phillips-Sonne on September 29, 2016
My Sympathy to Vicky & DeeDee, Francis & Wanda were such giving people, even reading the messages before mine I see they helped all they knew. I knew your parents though Marian Straw & she was so grateful for their friendship & help. RIP Francis
Posted by Mick Catalano on September 23, 2016
I knew Francis from 1979-1988, in the SDARNG, 665th Main Co. He was always a pleasant, happy, soft spoken man. I'm sure he's resting in Peace !
Posted by Peggy and Joe Aguallo on September 22, 2016
Dee Dee and Vicky - Sorry to hear about Uncle Buster passing away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, take care.
Posted by Becky and Ed Cole on September 22, 2016
Vicky, Dee Dee and family- sorry to hear about Uncle Buster. Have many memories of your family and holidays we spent together. Our thoughts are with you on this sad occasion.
Posted by June Jares on September 20, 2016
Vicky and Dee Dee, so sorry to hear about your dad. I know how much dad appreciated Francis friendship and support thru the church. Your mom and dad are now in heaven together, God's watching over them. My prayers are with you and family.
Posted by Eranda W on September 20, 2016
Dee and Randy,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Father is the main root of a family no matter how old or young he is. I knew this when I lost my father at 57. Please accept our deepest sympathies during these difficult times.
Posted by Mary Mehrhof on September 20, 2016
Randy, deepest sympathy to your wife and family during these difficult times. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Doris Hillman on September 20, 2016
Girls, I just wanted to send you both my condolences, as your Mother and Dad were instrumental in raising my two girls for many years. Your Mother was a very, very dear friend to me, and your Dad was a rock for me when many things in my life were falling apart. He helped instill a religious background to Pam and Susan. May your memories return regularly to lead you down life's unforeseen paths.
Posted by Susan Klasna (Baumiller) on September 20, 2016
Vicky, Dee Dee, and families. So very sorry to hear of his passing. He and your mom had always been wonderful to us. Prayers for you all.
Posted by Karen and Richard Quick on September 20, 2016
Uncle Buster will be missed. Sad to see him pass but know he lived a rich life and had many friends. We have a lot of fond memories of him that make us smile.
Posted by Maryla (Kirchhevel) Nix on September 19, 2016
Dee Dee and Vicky - so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always very nice to me and my kids. We communicated every Christmas until last year and my card was returned to sender. I knew he was on dialysis, but did not know he had moved to Michigan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a very good man and had a strong religious belief. He visited us here in Colorado about 20 yrs ago on he way back from visiting the Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah .
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