Larry E. Schaefer -- Kasson

December 6, 2017 GMT

Larry E. Schaefer, 76, of Kasson, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna.

He was born Dec. 26, 1940, in West Concord, the son of Everett and Minnie (Koop) Schaefer. He was baptized at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Mantorville on Jan. 19, 1941. In 1958, Larry graduated from West Concord High School. He continued his education at ag school in Waseca through the University of Minnesota. He worked at Mathias Dairy after his schooling. Larry married Sandra Anderson, and the couple farmed north of West Concord, where they raised their family. They later divorced. He married Kathy Limberg on Sept. 23, 2000, and they made their home in Kasson.

Larry farmed and watched sports 24-7. As a teenager, he helped build St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in West Concord, hauling brick. His memberships include DHIA, where he served as president for several years; Junior Dodge County Holstein Association, which he helped establish; Minnesota Holstein Association; and South Fork Homeowners Association, where he served as president for five years. He served on the Dodge County Fair Board for 29 years, with 15 as president and then four years as honorary member, and he helped establish the Dodge County Ribbon Auction. He also was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson, where he served as a trustee and on the building committee.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Schaefer, of Kasson; children, Lori Schaefer, of Minneapolis, Lisa Sherrington, of Red Wing, Tom (Amy) Schaefer, of Melrose, Wis., Tim (Dani) Schaefer, of Arizona, Tracy Schaefer, of Fairfax, and Kristine (Ben) Lyman, of Seattle; stepchildren, Tim (Kristin) Limberg, of Rochester, Jean (Rick) Fischer, of Litchfield, Scott (Lynn) Limberg, of Owatonna, and Chris (Theresa) Limberg, of Faribault; siblings, Darlean Smith, of Rochester, Lorraine Flicek, of Kasson, and Pat (Larry) Smith, of Pine Island; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Minnie; sister, Margaret (Rollie) Baudoin; and brother-in-law, Les Smith.

A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson and one hour prior to Mass Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kasson, with Father John Lausba and Father Charlie Collins concelebrating. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in West Concord.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred and will be directed to Larry’s favorite charities.