Aug. 8, 1953-April 3, 2013
Ralph E. Shaeffer, 59, of Delphos, died at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born Aug. 8, 1953, in Lima to Robert and Goldie (Butler) Shaeffer. His mother survives in Lima.
On May 5, 1973, he married Mary Runyan, who survives in Delphos.
Other survivors include a son, Robert Shaeffer Sr. of Delphos; two daughters, Michele (Dwayne) Collins of San Diego and Nicole (Danny) Schleeter II of Delphos; a sister, Linda (Gerald) Bowers of Spencerville; three brothers, Rick Shaeffer and Terry (Sherri) Shaeffer of Lima and Jeff (Mary) Shaeffer of Elida; 10 grandchildren, Jordan and Alexandrea Williams of San Diego, Natashia, Tyler and Robert Jr. Shaeffer and Kali Edgington of Delphos and Gage, Victoria, Katlynn and Danny III Schleeter of Delphos; seven nieces and nephews; and four great-nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son.
Mr. Shaeffer worked at Drapery Stitch in Delphos for more than 25 years. He was a 1972 graduate of Lima Senior High School and a member of Eagles Aerie 471. He was an avid bowler, bowling eight 300 games and two 800 series. He was also a member of the Bowlers Hall of Fame. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the Ohio State Buckeyes and going to car shows. Most important was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Bill Schultz officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the family.