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Joseph Wendell Schaffer

Joseph Wendell Schaffer
Joseph Wendell Schaffer
- August 27, 2017

Joseph Wendell Schaffer, 59, Sturgis, went on his eternal hunting journey on Thursday, August 24, 2017, after suffering a heart attack.

Joe was born June 17, 1958, to Jim and Doris Schaffer in Mitchell, SD.  He graduated high school in 1976 and then completed the Culinary Arts program at MAVTS.  Joe married Brenda Bollinger in Sturgis on June 22, 1985.

He was a chef in Yankton, Jacksonville, FL, and the Sluice Restaurant in Spearfish.  He worked in numerous food venues until his love for children led him to become Food Service Director for Meade Schools.

Joe was a WWII history buff and restored two old jeeps.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved building things in his shop.  He enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling, and motorcycling with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; his mother, Doris Schaffer; two sisters, Rene DeJong and Connie (Larry) Mutchler; three brothers, Pat Schaffer, Bill (Connie) Schaffer, and Eric (Gwen) Schaffer; sisters-in-law, Barb (Todd) Colgrove and Lori (Keenan) Dohn; and brothers-in-law, Rick (Mercedes) Bolinger and Darrin Bolinger.  He is also survived by numerous treasured nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Schaffer, and father and mother-in-law, Mel and Darlene Bolinger.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating.  Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Memorials have been established for Pheasants Forever, Meade School District Nurses, and Hunter's Safety.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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