Ervin R. Schafer, 95, of Bismarck
Ervin R. Schafer, 95, Bismarck, formerly of Underwood, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at his residence.
Ervin was born May 9, 1918, in Underwood, to Charles J. and Christina (Dietrich) Schafer. He attended rural school near Underwood through the eighth grade.
Ervin married Adeline Mittleider on July 30, 1939, in Washburn. Together, they farmed for 33 years southwest of Underwood. In 1947, they moved to Fargo, where they owned and operated a grocery store for 1½ years, before returning to their farm near Underwood. They raised one daughter and three sons.
Ervin served on the Underwood School Board and the Underwood Baptist Church council and Sunday school. He was a member of The Gideons International since 1952. Ervin also served as secretary/treasurer of the Underwood Rural Fire District for nine years.
After retiring from farming, they operated a Motel 6 in Davenport, Iowa, for one year. They returned to Underwood, where he operated the Lawn Mower Shop for 13 years, before moving to Bismarck due to health reasons.
Ervin and Adeline spent 27 winters in Arizona, where their youngest son and family lived. He had made his home at the Primrose Retirement Community for over eight years.
He is survived by three sons, Wallace (Mary) Schafer, Bismarck, Terry (LaDean) Schafer, Linton, and Raymond (Linda) Schafer, Gilbert, Ariz.; one brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Ardella Schafer, Bismarck; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; six stepgreat grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Adeline, in 2005; his daughter, Cleo M. Remmick, in 2005; three brothers; and three sisters.
Services were held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Bismarck Baptist Church with the the Rev. Allen Finger officiating.
Interment was at Underwood Cemetery.
The family prefers memorials to The Gideons International Memorial Bible Program, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 -0800.