OBITUARY

Lt. Col. Raymond F. Schaaf, USAF, Retired

April 24, 1925December 17, 2018

Raymond Frederick Schaaf, Lt. Col. US Air Force, Ret., passed away on December 17, 2018 at the age of 93. He was born on April 24, 1925 in Durango, Colorado. He was a graduate of Durango High School. He began his military career when he joined the Army Air Corp on June 3, 1943 after he turned 18 years old. Fifteen months later he was assigned to the 534th Bomb Squadron and 381st Bomb Wing 8th Air Force, flying combat over Germany. He served as a Tech Sergeant in the European Theater of Operations during World War II with the 8th Air Force, earning four Battle Stars. Following WWII he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and then proceeded through to the rank of Lt. Colonel. His primary specialty through the years was petroleum officer. He completed his service at Headquarters S.A.C., flying on the Looking Glass as the material officer. He graduated from the appropriate military schools. Among his many decorations and awards are the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the 2nd Air Force Commendation Medal, CTO Medal with 4 Battle Stars, American Defense Medal, Legion of Merit Presidential Citation, Army Good Conduct, National Defense American Campaign WWII Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and Air Force Small Arms Expert. He retired in 1970 after serving 26 ½ years of honorable military duty to his country. He was a WWII Air Force Veteran B17 bombardier. He was a lifetime member of WJ Nixon Masonic Lodge in Smithville, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Legion. He was a traveler, a painter, a knife maker, a gunsmith, and a person of many trades.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60+ years, Marjorie; two grandsons, Corey and Pat Schaaf; parents, Edith and Alvin Schaaf; and brothers and sister Ernie, Harold, Melvin and Marge.

He is survived by his children, Troy and Theresa Schaaf, Daniel and Sue Schaaf, Karla and Alex Lopez, and Kimberly and Victor Von Zur Muehler; grandchildren, Evan Von Zur Muehler, Heath and Sunnie Schaaf, Krysta and Chris Adams, Eric and Michelle Lopez, and Beth and James Reeves; fifteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Peryl Schaaf. He is also survived by his dearest friend, companion, and travelling partner, Carolyn Robinson Stark, and his dear friends who are also family - Susan and Glenn George, Will and Amy Flanigin, Samantha Flanigin, Austin George, Matthew, Korrie, and Sagan George, and Luke, Addison and Payton George.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas, with a funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his wife of 60+ years, Marjorie; two grandsons, Corey and Pat Schaaf; parents, Edith and Alvin Schaaf; and brothers and sister Ernie, Harold, Melvin and Marge.

    He is survived by his children, Troy and Theresa Schaaf, Daniel and Sue Schaaf, Karla and Alex Lopez, and Kimberly and Victor Von Zur Muehler; grandchildren, Evan Von Zur Muehler, Heath and Sunnie Schaaf, Krysta and Chris Adams, Eric and Michelle Lopez, and Beth and James Reeves; fifteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Peryl Schaaf. He is also survived by his dearest friend, companion, and travelling partner, Carolyn Robinson Stark, and his dear friends who are also family - Susan and Glenn George, Will and Amy Flanigin, Samantha Flanigin, Austin George, Matthew, Korrie, and Sagan George, and Luke, Addison and Payton George.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chris Adams
  • Heath Schaaf
  • Evan Von Zur Muehlen
  • James Reeves
  • Erich Lopez
  • Will Flanigin
  • Troy Schaaf, Honorary
  • Danny Schaaf, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 2018
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Saturday, December 22, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lt. Col. Raymond F. Schaaf, USAF, Retired

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Rob Sitran

January 31, 2019

I lived down the street from Mr. Schaaf for 17 years and we had a few conversations during that time. Me and my family were very honored to have an American hero living down the road from us

Steve Weber

December 23, 2018

Kim and Karla,

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your Dad. Prayers for you and your family. Your Dad was a great hero who will be missed.

Rufus Honeycutt

December 21, 2018

The last time I saw Ray was at breakfast on Veterans Day at Chisholm Trail Middle School. He was smiling as always. Ray will be greatly missed as a friend and fellow VFW member.
With regards and sympathy to those he leaves behind,
Rufus Honeycutt

Ellen Ross

December 21, 2018

Thank you for your service.

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