James Paul Schaffer


November 9, 1926 - January 24, 2016


James Paul Schaffer was born November 9, 1926 in Saskatchewan, Canada to Wendel and Mary (Megenhauser) Schaffer. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1944 in Mitchell. He served in the US Navy as a corpsman.  After returning to Mitchell he worked as an aid at St. Joseph Hospital for several years.  On October 30, 1950 he married Doris Stiefvater at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Salem, SD. They resided in Mitchell where Jim was employed as an autobody repairman for many years. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister and was an American Legion and Knights of Columbus member.

He is survived by his wife of sixty five years, Doris, two daughters: Rene DeJong, Rapid City, Connie (Larry) Mutchler, Trent, four sons: Joseph (Brenda) Schaffer, Sturgis, Patrick Schaffer and William (Connie) Schaffer, Omaha, Eric (Gwen) Schaffer, Mitchell, seven grandchildren:  Kelly and Jim Mutchler, Mark and Annika Schaffer, Joe DeJong, Payton and Ethan Schaffer and two great grandchildren:  Andrew Knox and Braxon DeJong.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Edward and two sisters: Mary Ann Kessler and Dorothy Haiar.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture ~ Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, January 28, 2016
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

entry posted by David & Cindy Lias on 01-30-2016
Doris, You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jim. You 2 helped make the neighborhood very special.
entry posted by Sally Friske on 01-28-2016
Connie, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad passing away. He always looked so happy and excited to see you when he came in to LodgeNet.
entry posted by Sen Ernie & Betty Otten on 01-28-2016
Connie, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God wrap you with His comfort and grace during this difficult time, in Jesus Name.
entry posted by Caroline Hendel on 01-27-2016
Connie, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending a great big hug! XO - Caroline
entry posted by Judy Larson on 01-27-2016
I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing Connie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Judy
entry posted by SD on 01-26-2016
I will rememb
entry posted by SD on 01-26-2016
I will rememb
entry posted by Bob and Jennifer Weyrich on 01-26-2016
Our condolences to all the family and friends. One of his greatest life's accomplishments is all of his surviving family legacy full of faith, love, and tradition. We are truly confident that he is with our father and is resting in peace
entry posted by Kristin Ulmer on 01-26-2016
Eric and family: I am sorry to learn of your loss. I know how special he was to your entire family. May your beautiful memories bring you peace.
entry posted by Mary Chartrand on 01-25-2016
Doris and Family, My deepest condolences on Jim's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
entry posted by Gregg and Jody Brower on 01-25-2016
Doris and Family, We are sorry to hear about Jim! We will always remember the days when we lived across the street from you! May God be with you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
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