|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1942|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 2012|
North Dakota, USA
David L. Schaaf age 70 of Hettinger, passed away early Thursday July 19, 2012 at Sanford South University Hospital in Fargo, ND.
A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. MT on Wednesday July 25th, 2012 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger, ND. An informal Rosary service will be held at the home of his sister Janet Franckowiak on Tuesday July 24th at 7pm.
David Larry Schaaf was born February 10th, 1942 in Buffalo Spring, ND. The oldest of 10 children, he was born to Valentine and Tillie (Hecker) Schaaf, he was delivered at home by his grandma Schaaf. He attended Talbot Grade School, grades 1-8, and then graduated from Bowman Public School in 1960. Shortly after, David joined the Navy where he proudly served for 30 years, achieving the rank of Master Chief/E9 before retirement in 1997. In 1990 he graduated college with a BS in Business Administration. In 2000 he returned to Hettinger, ND to live out his remaining years. While visiting his sister Linda Franckowiak in November 2001, he met his wife Patricia of Elmira, MI and they were married in 2002. They enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, cards, music and much laughter and love with family and friends.
He was a member of several organizations, life member of Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, AE Sailors Association, life member Amvets, life member VFW, past member and president for several years of the local American Legion. He had a passion for music and playing his guitar and dancing. He was a great lover of life and learning, with a large personality touching many lives.
He is survived by his wife Patricia, of Hettinger, ND; son, Gary Schaaf of Sendai, Japan; step daughter, Mary Kobylczak of Durand, MI; mother Tillie of Hettinger, ND; sisters, Janet (Norbert) Franckowiak of Hettinger, ND, Linda (Martin) Franckowiak, of Elmira, MI; brothers, Bernie (Vi), of Lake Bay, WA, Leon of Veneta, OR, Tim (Kathy) of Bremerton, WA, Ronnie of Florence, OR, and Neil (Mavis) of Springfield, OR; and he was a proud uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father Valentine; a brother Ben; and a sister Valorie.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable donations be made to the VFW Foundation http://www.vfwfoundation.org/ or AMVETS National Service Organization http://www.amvetsnsf.org/
Created by: Teddy
Record added: Jul 20, 2012
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