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.