Raymond Earl Schaeper

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Raymond Earl Schaeper, age 84, quietly slipped away to his eternal home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 4, 2017, at the Lutheran Good Shepard Home in Concordia, Missouri.

Cremation. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., July 12, at St. John United Church of Christ, 405 South 5th St., St. Charles, Mo., 63301. Memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s name to St. John United Church of Christ Radio Fund, or http://www.stjohnucc.org/donate-now.

Ray, the youngest of two children, was born to the late Elmer and the late Viola (Litteken) Schaeper on July 12, 1932, in St. Charles and spent 81 years of his life calling St. Charles home. In 1957 Ray married Dotty Florence Allen, who preceded him in death. Ray was lifelong, active member of St. John United Church of Christ for 81 years, finding a home there for worship, fellowship and education. He lived out his faith volunteering at St. John whether it was driving the church van, maintaining the church lawn, or playing in the church dartball league. Ray was a patriot, serving three years in the Army during the Korean War. His patriotism continued with his membership in American Legion Post 312, where he volunteered, working on the Post’s newsletter. He attended Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, learning the skills needed to become a lithographer, a field he worked in his entire career.

Ray leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his wife of 35 years, Colleen M. W. (Heitmann) Nolle Schaeper, a daughter, Susan, “Sue” (Buddy) McDonald; a stepdaughter, Anne (Rick) McClintock, a stepson, William “Bill” (Diane) Nolle; two stepdaughters, Mary Catherine, “Cathy” Nolle and Dorothy Diamond; eleven grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, Ray is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Clarabel Lacey, and granddaughter, Caryen Nolle.

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” (Thomas Campbell)