John "Jack" Schaefer

John "Jack" Schaefer


March 13, 1944 - January 8, 2023


John “Jack” Wayne Schaefer, 78, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, January 8, 2023, at his home in Mitchell surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services are pending under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel.

John “Jack” Schaefer was born March 13, 1944, to Leonard and Marcella (Ronan) Schaefer in Redfield, SD. He lived and attended school in Huron, SD.

Jack later moved to Mitchell, SD in the 70's, and became a pioneer in the development of cable TV systems throughout the region. He also became involved in the motel/hotel industry where he built and owned several properties. Upon retiring, he returned to work for the South Dakota State Parks system in Fort Randall, SD for 17 years.

Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ronna; four children, Kimberley, Shannon Schaefer Bollack (spouse Rodney), Suzanne, and John (spouse Sarah); 7 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, and 2 great-grandsons; and two sisters, Sharon Schaefer and Patricia (Schaefer) Humphrey.

Posted by Nuby Schaefer, Sister on August 26, 2023
I love you Jack am so grateful we were siblings. You enriched my llife so much.
Posted by Lynnette Chamley Schilling on February 1, 2023
Wow! What a suprise! I had no idea Jack passed... I have alot of memories with the Schaefers and Jack and Ronna taking care of me when I worked for them down in Norfolk Neb. You were a great Man, Jack! Im glad I could call you a friend..... RIP!
Posted by Sheri Valdez (Svatos) on January 19, 2023
I just heard of Jack’s passing. I am so sorry to hear of the news. I worked with Jack for 4 summers at the State Park. He made work fun and was a mentor to me as I was a college student at the time. We had a lot of conversations along the way and he always kept a watch over us youngsters and that made me feel safe. He talked about his family all the time and you were his pride and joy. My deepest sympathy to you all.
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on January 14, 2023
Thoughts and prayers to you Ronna, Kim, Shannon, Susie,
Johnny your whole family. May God bless and comfort you in the coming days💛
Posted by Rod Titze on January 12, 2023
our condolences to you - Ronna and family.. remember the good days..
Posted by Mary Freeman on January 11, 2023
Ronna & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I have known you all for many years and have fond memories. Treasure them now and in the days ahead.
Posted by Peggy haywood on January 11, 2023
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing.
Posted by Cole Gustafson on January 10, 2023
I love you grandpa!!!! Keep an eye on the rest of us down here
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