Monday, October 12, 2015


Gary L. Schafer, 70, husband of Jill Rees Kintigh, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Born in Pittsfield, IL, he was the son of Aleene Schafer.

Mr. Schafer served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a dairy farmer and attended Fellowship Greenville. In Wisconsin, he was director of Taylor County Farm Bureau, Chairman of Taylor County Republican Party, was a member of the Medford Cooperative, Taylor County Electric Cooperative, and Foremost Dairy USA. He was Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, Jr. Commander and Adjutant for VFW Post 5729 Medford.

Surviving, in addition to his wife; are children, John Christian Schafer and wife, Jennifer, of Neenah, WI, Timothy Conrad Schafer, and wife, Cassie, of New Richmond, WI, Thomas (Friend Tommy) Edmund Schafer of Chicago, IL, Ted Anthony Schafer, and fiancĂ©e Tammy Weiler of Medford, WI and Julie Ann Schafer, and special friend, Bobby Rau of Dorchester, WI; grandson, Samuel Cooperr; mother, Aleene Schafer Boucousas and husband, George, of Holliday, FL. He was a special father to Jill’s children, Cherith Kintigh Stoner of Greenwood and Christian William Kintigh and wife, Eva, of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Jakob Charles Rhys and Evangelina Rose; mother-in-law, Donna Yurs Rees of Elgin IL, sisters, Wendy Rees Pocock of Charlotte, NC and Penny Rees Dillehay and husband, Gale, and Terry Lynn Rees, all of Elgin, IL. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Mansell, and father-in-law, William John Rees.

A graveside committal service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday October 16, 2015 at Pine Hill Cemetery, Curtiss, WI. Deacon Steve Schafer and Pastor Brian Wipf will officiate. Military Honors will also be presented at the cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, October 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Medford, WI. Pastor Brian Wipf will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post # 5729, 240 S. 8th Street, Medford, WI.