In Memory of

John "Jack" Schaefer

August 12, 1933 - November 22, 2021
From: Gowrie, IA

Gowrie – John “Jack” D. Schaefer 88, passed away Monday, November 22, 2021 at his home.  A Public Visitation will be 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 5, 2021 at the Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie.

     Jack is survived by his wife Jan; daughter Amy (Greg) Schmadeke of Callender; son Scott (Diane) Schaefer of Glenwood; 5 grandchildren, Sarah (Craig) Peters, Laura (Aaron) Chalstrom, Anne (Chris) Simpson, Kalyn (Ermal) Wilson, and Blake (fiancé Jess) Schaefer; and 10 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel (Rhodes) Schaefer; and sister Barbara Anderson.

     John “Jack” D. Schaefer was born August 12, 1933 at Iowa City and graduated from Dubuque High School, Dubuque.  Jack served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  He attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas where he was a starting pitcher for the baseball team.  On May 31, 1957 he was united in marriage to Janice French in Omaha, Nebraska.  The couple established their home in Omaha and moved to Gowrie after their retirement. 

     Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

2:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Sunday
December 5, 2021
Palmer Funeral Home
Gowrie, Iowa


Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 9:20 AM
“My wife and I met Jack and Jan thru my parents as they lived by each other for many years and I was always amazed at how kind and generous they were to my parents and many others around them. We have been Blessed by Jack and Jan and are so thankful for the times we got to spend with them when visiting my parents in Gowrie.
I am sure Jack will be cheering on the Chicago Cubs in Heaven.. We will miss you…Until we meet again..”
- Bruce and Lynne Kullberg

Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 1:17 PM
“Janis and family- my heart breaks I won’t have Jack to talk football with! The best neighbor ever! Rest In Peace, Jack.”
- Sherry Vogel

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