OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Arthur Schaefer

November 3, 1941March 8, 2019
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Robert Arthur Schaefer was born to Mary Elizabeth Glaub and Julius Arthur Schaefer November 3, 1941. He had two brothers: Bill (Jeri) Schaefer of Steubenville, Ohio and Steve (Susie) Schaefer of Carmel, Indiana. He was raised in Steubenville, Ohio where he played the tuba in the “Big Red” marching band until the football coach noticed the big guy and recruited him to play football against Mother Mary’s wishes. Upon graduation from Steubenville High he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. While playing defensive end for Navy it was discovered he had Raynaud’s Disease, which excluded him from serving in the Navy. After graduating from Navy Bob joined the CIA for 1-½ years. Bob began working for Raytheon in December 1965 and retired over 42 years later as Senior Finance Manager. Bob married Ellen Franklin Fuller (Sissy) September 21, 1963. They raised Robert “Scott”, born May 30, 1964, and Elizabeth Michelle, born July 25, 1967 in Washington DC and Richardson, Texas. After their divorce in 1977 Bob married Julie Ann Eakes on September 29, 1978 and they raised Brandy Kathryn, born January 17, 1981 in Richardson, Texas. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Julie; son Scott and Barbie Schaefer of Austin, Texas; daughters Elizabeth and David Miller of Aspen, CO and Brandy Schaefer of Nashville, Tennessee. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Corey, Christina, Alyssa, Valerie and Quentin Schaefer; Mackenzie and Molly Miller. “My Dad, my hero! He was too good to be true! The nicest person you’ve ever met. Integrity was his middle name! Loyal to the core. You knew one thing for sure, that if my dad said he was going to do something he would do it with no questions asked. Not a sick day in his life. My dad was immortal in my world. He was avid about golf, tennis, and working out at the gym. He gave back to his community, was active in his church and loved his family most of all. I am blessed to have had Pappy boy as my dad! I will miss him every day.” - Elizabeth Miller. Bob loved and was most proud of his family first with a close second to the Naval Academy and Navy football. Bob will also be missed by: his tennis and golf buddies, his Naval Academy classmates, the Cottonwood Creek Community, Christ United Methodist Church, Raytheon friends and many more. GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY! A Visitation for "Bob" will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 8011 Frankford Road Dallas, Texas 75252. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church 3101 Coit Road Plano, Texas 75075. Those wishing to send condolences or sign the online guestbook may visit www.teddickeywestfuneral.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019
REMEMBERING

Robert "Bob" Arthur Schaefer

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John Gargan

March 14, 2019

We echo the sentiments of those above who have shared their memories of Bob. He will always be in our thoughts as a wonderful and caring man. It seemed his smile never left his face and it was genuine. We knew Bob mostly through Canyon Creek CC and saw him often at the USNA gathering to watch Army-Navy game. We miss you, Bob, and kow you now enjoy the eternal reward your faith has earned you. John & Gianna Gargan

Art Harding

March 14, 2019

You were instrumental at ESY during the years it really counted. We will miss you and thanks for your service!

Karen Johnson

March 14, 2019

I'm shocked and saddened by the news of Bob's passing, I remember how great he was as president of our neighborhood association. As his secretary he always made me feel important and I'll never forget his smile. I pray that Julie and the family finds comfort and peace.

Noel Wardrope

March 13, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to learn about the loss of a loyal and very good friend. I was fortunate enough to work with Bob at Raytheon his entire career. He was an outstanding leader of our corporation. I will dearly miss him.

Mario Fiori

March 12, 2019

Mario Fiori

March 12, 2019

Comments received from His Company Classmates (12th company) of the Class of 1963 United states Naval Academy:

Lori Kate Smith (wife of Gary Smith d.) As others have said, very sad and truly a great guy. A great smile, very welcoming, big supporter of the Academy, very generous of spirit, and full of very funny stories. Lori

John Truesdell wrote: I was really saddened and shocked as well. Bob was a true athlete and attached is a photo from our 2011 April reunion in San Diego. Ron Wills, Kent Maxfield, myself and Bob played as a foursome at the Coronado Golf Course at this class event. John

Bob Bennett wrote: Very sad and shocking. Bob was a good guy. Truly a loss for all of us. Bob Bennett

Charlie Musitano wrote: ANOTHER RECRUIT REPORTING, HE'S SERVED HIS TIME IN HELL See you in Arlington, Moose

Fred Kaiser wrote: So sorry and shocking to hear this very sad news. Our heartfelt sympathies to Julie and family. Attached is a photo from the reunion, “Last time with the 12th Company and very close friends”.

Mike Williams wrote: Rest in peace for Bob and may Julie be surrounded with friends and family to see her through this time. Mike

Richard Rogers wrote: Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My most indelible memory of Bob was that, as we were two of the largest guys in the company, we frequently got paired during wrestling and boxing. It was humiliating. Besides his being a truly nice guy, damn, he sure was strong. Richard

Charlie McCarthy wrote: Very sad indeed. Bob was a great guy and a stalwart and anchor point in our Company. The only good aspect is that he went quickly and doing something he loved. Charlie

Mario Fiori wrote: Bob was a great friend and always supportive of his 12th company classmates. Julie and Bob were great hosts , loyal friends , and great to be with. We will miss him very much. Sincerely, Mario


Mario Fiori

March 12, 2019

Comments received from His Company Classmates (12th company) of the Class of 1963 United states Naval Academy:

Charlie Moss wrote: I am very surprised and surprised. I have been in touch with Bob regularly. We talked a lot when Jonny Mac was near the end. He only a few weeks ago told me he was in the gym almost every day and felt well. He was a true friend and I will miss him. Charlie charliemoss@bellsouth.net

John H. Detweiler wrote: Bob was a great guy. We will miss him. This ought to remind us to attend as many reunions as we can before we can't.

Jim Czerwonky wrote: John (above message)- Ditto, and very well put. Bob was a good person, and may his soul rest in peace. Jim

Randy Orlowski wrote: Spent some minutes with Bob in the lobby of the Doubletree after we all checked out last October. My memory of his being a pleasant and fun to be around classmate was quickly renewed. Sandy and my prayers to Julie and family. Randy

Kent Maxfield wrote: A surprise...........and shocking.............Bob went out of his way to be a friend and considerate.....he will be missed. Kent

Roger Milos wrote: Some additional memories of Bob. I remember his great smile and laugh. At a time like this I also remember others that have gone before us. I am always proud to have been a grad and most of all a member of the 12th. Roger

Denis Meredith wrote: I will miss my roommate of two years. He was a great friend and was always there when we needed help. Best to Julie. Regards, Denis Meredith dcmeredith@1963.usna.com

Grant Telfer wrote: Sad news indeed. I remember the mini reunion in Dallas for the SMU game that Bob and Julie set up, as one of our best. He was a great guy and will be missed. Grant

Kent Maxfield

March 12, 2019

Bob was a classmate and company mate at the Naval Academy. At the academy and through the years, Bob has been a caring, trustworthy and reliable friend. In recent years we have shared more than one long, and sometimes intense, discussion about the nation, the military, Navy football and our individual lives. He believed in and was devoted to his family, his country and his community. Bob was a great guy and will be missed. Kent Maxfield, USNA '63.

Sherel Horsley

March 11, 2019

Bob was a great neighbor and good friend. I offer my deepest sympathies to Julie and family. Sherel Horsley

Natalie Shriner

March 11, 2019

Bob had a wonderful 75th birthday party for my dad and his friend Leo, who also shares the same birthday. It was so nice to be included and to get to spend time with Bob and Julie in their home. What I remember most was lots of laughter. Bob made us feel like one big family.
- Natalie Shriner