Jay Robert Schaeffer, 74, Army vet, farmer, worked for PA Dept. of Ag., enjoyed making walking sticks

By on November 28, 2018

Jay Robert Schaeffer, 74, of Manheim, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at his residence.

Born in Sunbury, he was the son of the late Ralph F. and Cora Beatrice (Brubaker) Schaeffer.

Jay was a farmer most of his working life in East Donegal Townshp, but also sold crop insurance for Crop & Hail Management, was a custodian for Ebersole Honda of Lebanon, and worked for the PA Dept. of Agriculture.

Jay was a proud member of the U.S. Army. He was a faithful member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Manheim where he was an official board member, current trustee, and a missions board member. Jay loved collecting toy John Deere tractors, making walking sticks and canes, and enjoyed woodworking and leathermaking. He was a member of the Waterloo Boys 2-Cylinder Club, Paradise, and a member of the Lancaster County Cane Club.

Surviving are two sons: Dean L, husband of Michelle (Myers) Schaeffer, Manheim; Eric M., husband of Salamatou (Sahirou Kiabeye) Schaeffer, Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren: Carrie Alyssa and Alexander James Schaeffer; a brother: Raymond, husband of Vergie Schaeffer, Glendale, Ariz.; and three sisters: Joyce, wife of Richard Turner, Madisonville, Tenn.; Gloria, wife of Kenneth Turner, Manheim; and Faye, wife of Charles Hoover, Lancaster.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: James; and an infant sister: Janice.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his memorial service at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 48 Market Square, Manheim, on Thursday Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. There will be a time a visitation with the family on Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jay’s memory may be sent to Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 48 Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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