Edward Francis Schaffer was born December 12, 1920 at Faith, SD to Wendel and Mary (Mengenhauser) Schaffer. As a child he moved with his family to Odessa, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 1928 they moved back to the United States, living in Corsica for two years and in 1930 moving to Mitchell. He attended Notre Dame Academy and graduated from high school in 1939. He served in the US Air Force with the 830th Engineer Aviation Battalion participating in various campaigns in central Europe during World War II. During his time in the service he learned to be a photographer. Following the service he attended the Mitchell Business College and worked at Porter Motor Co. for a number of years. On October 15, 1949 he married Shirley Ann Goodbla. He owned and operated Schaffer Photography for many years. He received the National Award from the Professional Photographers Association of America for outstanding contributions to professional photography, was the past Executive Secretary of SD Professional Photographers Association and was honorary past president of the SD Professional Photography Association. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the American Legion and held life memberships in the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus and the SD Professional Photographers Association.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; one brother, James P. Schaffer and wife, Doris; one sister, Mary Ann Kessler all of Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Dorothy Haiar and a brother-in-law, Wilfred Kessler.