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Keith Richard Schafer

December 9, 1935 ~ November 20, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Keith Schafer Obituary

Schafer, Keith Richard, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2023, at Heathers Manor, his residence since October 2020. Survived by sons, Scott Schafer and Steven Schafer; brother, Kenneth Schafer; sister, Nancy (Schafer) Rice; grandchild, Rebecca Schafer; step-children, Jodie (Linder) Behling, Marie (Linder) Barta, Tony Linder, and Maggie Linder; 11 step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wives, Renee (Bergman) Schafer and Comfort Charlotte (Linder) Schafer; daughter, Ginny Schafer; father, Louie Schafer; and mother, Jennie (Olafson) Schafer. Visitation beginning at 9:00 AM and memorial service at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 15, 2023, at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata.

 

Early years
Keith Richard Schafer was born on December 9, 1935, at home in Wayzata, MN, to Louie and Jennie
Schafer. He was the second of three children, younger than his brother, Kenneth, and older than his
sister, Nancy. The family lived there until Keith was about five years old and then relocated six times
over the next dozen years or so.
In 1940 or ’41, they moved first to a house near Parker’s Lake. A year or two later, they went to North
Oaks, MN, to live and work on the 5,000-acre North Oaks Farm owned by Louis Hill, the son of James J.
Hill. A few years after that, the family bought a farm in Ogilvie, MN, and moved there. In 1947, they
returned to Wayzata to live on the Highcroft estate, where Keith’s dad managed the farm and
maintained the grounds around the mansion. In 1953, the estate was demolished, and the family
moved to a farm outside of Chaska, MN. Keith, however, stayed with friends of his parents in Wayzata
in order to go to school there. Some months later, the family returned again to Wayzata, this time to live 
on the Pillsbury property on Wayzata Bay that Philip W. Pillsbury, Sr., later inherited and Keith’s dad administered.

Education
Keith attended the following schools:
 Snail Lake School (near North Oaks), from 1942 to 1947, 1st through 5th grade.
 Wayzata Consolidated School, from 1947 to 1951, 6th through 9th grade.
 Wayzata High School, from 1951 to 1954, 10th through 12th grade.
 St. Cloud State University, receiving two degrees:
o Bachelor of Science, March 6, 1959, Physical Education and Health.
o Master of Science, July 16, 1971, Physical Education.

Awards
Keith received several honors at Wayzata High School:
 Eight letters in baseball, football, and hockey.
 Co-captain of Wayzata’s first hockey team, which went to the State Tournament in 1954.
 Captain of the baseball team.
 National Honor Society.
 Student Council.
 Class Officer.
He also earned at least one letter at St. Cloud State University, where he played hockey, baseball, and
football.

Family life
On May 31, 1958, Keith married Renee Bergman at the Parker’s Lake Methodist Church. They had three
children: Scott in 1961, Steve in 1967, and Ginny in 1970. The family lived in Minnetonka, MN, near
what was then Wayzata Senior High School.
On March 15, 2000, Keith married Comfort Linder in Dunedin, Florida. He became stepfather to her four
children: Jodie, Marie, Tony, and Maggie. Keith and Comfort lived in Plymouth and Crystal, MN.

Career
Keith worked for the Wayzata School District for 59 years, from 1959 to 2018.
He taught driving “behind the wheel” during that entire time, minus about five years in the late 1990s.
He taught physical education and health for 32 or 33 years (to the best of our knowledge):
 At Wayzata Junior High School from 1962 or ’63 to 1968.
 At Ridgemont Junior High School from 1968 to 1972.
 At Wayzata Senior High School from 1972 to 1995.
He retired from teaching physical education and health in 1995.
He coached primarily four sports at Wayzata Senior High School from 1959 to 1999:
 Football for 38 seasons as an assistant coach.
 Boys’ hockey for 32 seasons, eight as head coach and 24 as an assistant.
 Baseball for 10 seasons, nine as head coach and one as an assistant.
 Girls’ hockey for three seasons, one as head coach and two as an assistant.
He also helped coach girls’ soccer there (to the best of our knowledge).
Moreover, from 1959 or ’60 to 1961, he coached football at Wayzata Junior High School.
Finally, Keith coached at four other schools:
 St. Louis Park High School, boys’ hockey for three seasons as head coach.
 Shakopee High School, boys’ hockey for two seasons as head coach.
 Orono High School, boys’ hockey for one season (to the best of our knowledge).
 Providence Academy, football for two seasons as an assistant coach.
On March 8, 2012, Keith was inducted into the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
https://history.vintagemnhockey.com/page/show/1152927-mhca-class-of-2012
Keith passed away peacefully in his sleep at Heathers Manor assisted-living facility on November 20,
2023. He is to be buried on December 15, 2023, at Parker’s Lake Cemetery, next to Comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
December 15, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
David Lee Funeral Chapel
1220 East Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

Memorial Service
Friday
December 15, 2023

11:00 AM
David Lee Funeral Chapel
1220 East Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

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