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Max Schafer - April 04, 2012

Max G. Schafer, 85, of Eckley, died April 4, 2012 at The Towers assisted living in Wray. He was born to Clyde V. and Mae Allen Schafer at their farm home near Wray on March 3, 1927 as the third of five children.

He attended Radnor and Laird schools and graduated from Vernon High School in 1945. He worked with his family and other farmers when horses were still being used and tractors were just beginning to gain acceptance.

Max married Beverly B. Fix Oct. 10, 1948 at the Presbyterian Church in Wray, and they made their first home in Idalia, where Max worked as a mechanic for a short time. When they had the opportunity to farm, they moved north of Eckley and eventually settled on their own place, where they raised wheat, corn and small grains and ran a small herd of cows.

Max and Beverly raised two sons—Randy, born in 1949, and Hal, born in 1956. Max was a devoted family man who embodied the best of being a husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa, as well as a neighbor in the Pleasant Valley community.

“Making do” was not just a necessity for him, but a delight as he designed what he needed from what was on hand, whether he was constructing a homemade farm implement, a lawn mower or a go-cart. Max lived his life close to the earth and loved nature. He had a flair for drawing that was birthed when his first-grade teacher cut pieces of paper for him to copy a collection of bird cards since he could not afford the 10 cents to buy them. The teacher, impressed by his determined and talented effort, later gave him his own collection.

Max was affiliated with Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church north of Eckley and affirmed his hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ through a weekly Bible study at The Towers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Schafer, to whom he was married for 61 years; parents, Clyde and Mae Schafer; parents-in-law, George and Julia Fix; sister, Ethel Wingfield; and brother, Jack Schafer.

He is survived by his sons, Randy Schafer and wife Joy of Haxtun and Hal Schafer and wife Vicki of Rollinsville; grandchildren, Cameron Schafer of Wheatridge, Naomi Schafer of Holyoke, Kali Knight and husband Jason of Littleton and Joshua Schafer and fiancée Brechen Currier of Aurora; great-grandchildren, Jaspar and Taylor Schafer of Wheatridge; sister, Earlene Edwards of Wray; brother, Kent Schafer of Pagosa Springs; brother-in-law, George A. Fix and wife Cleora of Wray; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held April 9 at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church north of Eckley, with Pastor Sharon Strauss officiating, with burial following at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Memorials in Max’s honor may be given to the Wray Community Hospital cardiac rehab unit.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home in Wray was in charge of arrangements.