In Memory

Larry Schafer

Larry Schafer

Larry D. Schafer, 68, Topeka, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at a local hospital.

Larry was born January 5, 1943 in Topeka, the son of Ben and Etta (Shepard) Schafer. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1961 and Washburn University with a Bachelor of Education degree.

He taught at Highland Park Junior High and Capper Junior High and Clark's School of Business in Topeka. While at Clark's he became an Admissions Representative and later moved to Salina where he was the Director of Admissions for Brown Mackie College. Later he moved back to Topeka and worked for the Remington School of Business as the Director of Admissions. He was transferred to Colorado Springs campus where he retired in 2010.
He attended First Assembly of God Church in Topeka.

Larry married Diane Milliken on August 6, 1966 in Topeka. She survives. Other survivors include daughter, Tammy (Jim) Demaree, Salina; sons, Larry Schafer, Jr., Wichita, Ben Schafer, Lawrence; granddaughters, Grace, Olivia, Cate, Claire, Chloe; mother, Etta Schafer, Topeka. He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10, 2011 at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Road. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Larry will lie in state at the funeral home after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Assembly of God Church, 500 SW 27th, Topeka, KS 66611 or Salvation Army, PO Box 412577, Kansas City, MO 64141.

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10/06/11 12:12 PM #1    

Linda Nelson (Orr)

If I'm not wrong, Larry was in my class all through school.  He was a nice person and it's hard to believe that he's gone from us as are so many now.  Time seems to fly by so very fast and we aren't able to keep in touch as we would have liked to.  My prayers are with Judy and all of Larry's family at this time.

Linda (Nelson) Orr

10/06/11 12:57 PM #2    

Richard Hays

It seems especially sad that many of us had just seen Larry at the reunion and he looked good. I too have many good memories of Larry as we traveled through grade school and high school. Larry had a great sense of humor and seemed to always see the lighter side of things. My thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family and close relatives.

Richard Hays

10/06/11 01:09 PM #3    

Mary Jo Robinson (Hodge)

I'm so glad I got to visit with Larry at our 50th reunion. I went through school with him and we had never really taken time to chat, so I stopped and visited with him about our years after school, when we said good bye I never thought it would be our last. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. 

Mary Jo Robinson Hodge

10/06/11 07:17 PM #4    

Linda Newton (Gilbert)

 I am so saddened tonight to hear of Larry's passing.  I didn't get to visit with him until our Saturday evening dinner/dance and now I am so blessed to know that I had a little bit of time with him to let him know how happy I was to see him and thanked him for coming.  Our last words were, "See you in 5 years but maybe we should have our reunions every 2 years now!"  Smiles together and a fond farewell............

This is the hardest part of friendships; especially after just being together.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.  



Linda Newton Freeman

10/06/11 11:17 PM #5    

Judy Stanley (Hoffman)

I was so sad to hear of Larry's passing.  He was a very special friend and I have great memories of our time together at Highland Park!  I am so glad I had the chance to see him and visit with him at the reunion!  He was a great guy and lots of fun!  I'll always remember going with Larry to his grandmother's house and she always had delicious fresh baked chocolate chip cookies!!

My thoughts and prayers are with his family-wife Diane, children, mother Etta and cousin Judy Kay and family

Warm Regards,


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