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Gerald “Jerry” George Schafer

Gerald “Jerry” George Schafer

November 2, 1942 -

November 9, 2019

Gerald “Jerry” George Schafer, age 77, a longtime resident of Spokane, Wash., passed away due to injuries received in a motor vehicle accident on November 9, 2019.

Jerry was born in Spokane, Wash., to Leo Stuhr and Lillian Myrtle (Anderson) Schafer on November 2, 1942.

He was raised on the family farm in Dayton, Wash. and attended all twelve years of school in there graduating high school with the class of 1961. He then moved that fall to California to attend college at Cal Poly. Jerry returned to Spokane in the fall of 1963. In January of 1964, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and served six years until his tour was complete in January of 1970.

Jerry worked in several Spokane restaurants as a cook. He later took a job with Jensen Distribution as an order selector and worked for them over 30 years until his retirement.

He enjoyed the outdoors and took the opportunity to camp, hike and fish in Northeastern Washington. He also enjoyed family gatherings and kept in regular contact with those close to him. He was an avid reader of all genres of books which suited well to his quiet nature and the many peaceful hours he spent turning pages. He loved animals and leaves behind his beloved dog, Shasta. He also enjoyed cooking and creating meals to please his palate and those at his table.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Lillian Schafer and a nephew, Scott Schafer.

He is survived by three siblings: Ron Schafer (Janet) of Dayton, Wash., Marjorie Wick (Pat) of Spokane, Wash., Charles Jay Schafer (Susan) of Mount Vernon, Wash .; nephews, Bob Hays (Patricia), Randy Schafer, Tara (Ralph) Thomas, Chad Schafer and Evan (Alexandria) Schafer; his great nieces and nephews, Max, Danielle, Maya, Grant, Christian, Maddie and Leo.

The family would like to acknowledge Jerry’s long-time close relationship with Dean Bourgeau and his family including special nieces and nephews.

A gathering of friends and family will be arranged at a later date. Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choice.

Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 155 W. First Ave., Colville, WA 99114 is entrusted with the arrangements.