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Kevin James Schafer

August 3, 1952October 6, 2020
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Kevin James Schafer,

68, of Indianapolis, departed this life Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at his home. Kevin was born in Indianapolis on August 3, 1952 to the late James Joseph and Mary Rita (nee Talboo) Schafer. He grew up and attended St. Lawrence Catholic School and Latin School and earned his Bachelors of Political Science from Indiana State University and IUPUI.

Kevin worked as a court clerk for our state and city governments. In December of 2018, Kevin retired from Washington Township Courts. As a very dedicated Democrat, Kevin had also worked with former governors, Bayh and O’Bannon. Kevin was a longtime member of the Marion County Democratic Party and had served as a ward chairman and precinct committeeman for 27 years. He was also a longtime and dedicated member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

When not talking politics or on the campaign trail, Kevin enjoyed reading, rocking out to the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, studying genealogy and sharing his German heritage with others. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved the simple things in life and learning others stories.

Kevin is survived by his Immortal Beloved wife, Diane Schafer; his devoted brothers, Brian Schafer, Leo (Lori) Schafer, Alan (Julie) Schafer and Joseph (Betty) Schafer; his beloved nieces and nephews, his faithful dogs, Scooter, Calli and Duncan and a host of dear friends and grateful colleagues through the years. Kevin was preceded in death by his younger brother, Neil Schafer and beloved nieces, Alison, Guiliana, and Susan Schafer.

Visitation for Kevin will be from 4 – 7 pm on Monday, October 12th at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 13th at St. Luke Catholic Church followed by inurnment at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be exercised at all public services. The Mass will be streamed on St. Luke Catholic Church’s website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC62ttpd3ao6fe5RR0SPmxnA/videos?view=57&flow=grid

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in Kevin’s name to one of the following: St. Luke Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand or to the Marion County Democratic Party.

On line condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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David Dreyer

October 13, 2020

This is a great loss to everyone. Kevin was a great thinker and a great person. His devotion to the community was unparalleled. I had known Kevin from Marion County Democrat activities in the 80's and 90's. But when I was first running for judge in 1996, I took him to lunch to ask for his advice and support. It wasn't until then that I realized how funny and smart he was. He was always helping me every time I ran after that. I will always owe him a lot. RIP Kevin.

Pamela Strong Tender

October 12, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Schafer Family. I never had an opportunity to meet Kevin however, Diane we go way back. I did know Neil and his family from St Lawrence and Bishop Chatard HS. Such a wonderful family. May GOD hold you and keep you all in his loving embrace though this difficult time. My deepest condolences. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Ellen Farrow

October 11, 2020

Kevin was always so kind to me and Maggie. He often sent jokes to us by email. He always had a smile on his face. The world is not as warm without him

Ella VinciPatton

October 11, 2020

What a special wonderful person! I met Kevin in 1971 at IUPUI. I will miss his kindness and his fun loving heart! God Bless you Kevin. Will pray for you always.

Mark Yeadon

October 11, 2020

Kevin has been in my life for over 50 years as he and my brother Michael were close life long friends. i remember Kevin for his quick wit, his intellect, and his willingness to allow this young kid to hang out with them. He seemed like a part of our big family. Kevin, thank you for the heart and passion with which you served in this world. you and your presence will be missed by many.


Mark & Teri Yeadon

Bernardino Ghetti

October 11, 2020

Dear Diane,
Caterina and I are deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved Kevin. To you and your family, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bernardino and Caterina Ghetti

Robin Winston

October 11, 2020

Diane, I am saddened to learn of Kevin's passing. You and Kevin were so supportive of all that we did to make a difference. He was a true Democrat and passionate about life, government and politics.

Thank you so much for sharing his time on Earth with all of us.

Sr. Kathleen Yeadon, OSB

October 11, 2020

Kevin spent much time at the Yeadon home on Broadway! He definitely could keep a conversation lively and long. He had many passions and wanted to understand all the complex issues.
Thanks for the many laughs and friendly greetings as we crossed paths the many years of knowing you. Sr. Kathleen

Gerald Zore

October 10, 2020

May passing time, caring friends and loving memories, work gently through the coming days to help comfort his family.

Mark Maley

October 9, 2020

Kevin took me to see the Rolling Stones in the spring of 1966 when we graduated from St Lawrence grade School .

Life interrupted our friendship until our 50th grade School reunion .
From that point on , we shared political FB posts daily and we literally caught up through 5 decades .

I delivered campaign lit for JFK for my Mom and Dad who were Democratic precinct committee
members so Kevin and I were once again kindred spirits , just miles apart .

I remember Kevin as whip smart with a sense of humor that mimics mine - perfection for both of us 😄

I was deeply saddened by the news but know that Kevin is making those around him smile at his caring and laugh at his stories .

My very best to his Immortal Beloved and family members .

Mark Maley

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Biography

Kevin James Schafer,

68, of Indianapolis, departed this life Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at his home. Kevin was born in Indianapolis on August 3, 1952 to the late James Joseph and Mary Rita (nee Talboo) Schafer. He grew up and attended St. Lawrence Catholic School and Latin School and earned his Bachelors of Political Science from Indiana State University and IUPUI.

Kevin worked as a court clerk for our state and city governments. In December of 2018, Kevin retired from Washington Township Courts. As a very dedicated Democrat, Kevin had also worked with former governors, Bayh and O’Bannon. Kevin was a longtime member of the Marion County Democratic Party and had served as a ward chairman and precinct committeeman for 27 years. He was also a longtime and dedicated member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

When not talking politics or on the campaign trail, Kevin enjoyed reading, rocking out to the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, studying genealogy and sharing his German heritage with others. He was a kind and gentle soul who loved the simple things in life and learning others stories.

Kevin is survived by his Immortal Beloved wife, Diane Schafer; his devoted brothers, Brian Schafer, Leo (Lori) Schafer, Alan (Julie) Schafer and Joseph (Betty) Schafer; his beloved nieces and nephews, his faithful dogs, Scooter, Calli and Duncan and a host of dear friends and grateful colleagues through the years.
Kevin was preceded in death by his younger brother, Neil Schafer and beloved nieces, Alison, Guiliana, and Susan Schafer.

Visitation for Kevin will be from 4 – 7 pm on Monday, October 12th at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 13th at St. Luke Catholic Church followed by inurnment at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be exercised at all public services. The Mass will be streamed on St. Luke Catholic Church’s website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC62ttpd3ao6fe5RR0SPmxnA/videos?view=57&flow=grid

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in Kevin’s name to one of the following: St. Luke Catholic Church, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand or to the Marion County Democratic Party.

On line condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

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