Alfred J. Schaefer Jr., 85, Batesville, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at St. Andrews Health Campus.
Born April 6, 1927, in Dearborn County, he was the son of Bertha (Bricker) and Alfred Schaefer Sr. He married Betty Jo Gutzwiller Oct. 25, 1952, at St. Louis Catholic Church.
The World War II veteran served in the Army. He was a member of St. Louis Church and New Alsace American Legion Post 452.
After the service, Junior opened a barber shop in Sunman, working 52 years before retiring in 2000. He always referred to being a “professional barber” and, because of his efficiency, his business earned the nickname “the 60-second shop.”
In his early years, he liked to rabbit and squirrel hunt, while fishing was a pastime he enjoyed throughout his life. He also bowled in a local league for many years, was an avid Reds fans and watched Lawrence Welk. He loved going to yard sales and auctions and his family teased that he was an “antique collector” of sorts.
According to his family, he collected golf balls also. Living next to a golf course, he would often pick them up ... apparently whether you were finished with them or not. Junior also put out a huge garden each year that the whole family, both young and old, helped with and shared in. Garden season started early, as he always had his potatoes planted by St. Patrick’s Day.
His family fondly remembers Sunday dinners of his fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. A people person, Junior especially enjoyed the clamor and commotion of having young children around.
He is survived by his wife; daughters and son-in-laws Debra and Hoagy Wright and Jo Ann and Alan Butt, Batesville, Kaye and Jed Darby, Greensburg, and Diane and Tom Smith, Osgood; son and daughter-in-law Greg and Jackie Schaefer, Batesville; sister Rosemary Conrad, Cincinnati; brothers Harry “Butch,” Weisburg, Raymond and Ralph, Sunman, Elmer, Greenwood, Robert, Batesville, and Lester, Connersville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by sister Bertha Mae Pfliegel and brothers John and Eugene.
Visitation is Friday, March 22, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at St. Louis Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271. The family requests memorials to Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital or the New Alsace American Legion.