Philip Schafer

Philip SchaferPhilip Charles Schafer, 65, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Rushville, died Dec. 23, 2017, at his home.

He was born June 15, 1952, in Schuyler County, a son of Charles R. and Joyce Hoult Schafer.

He married Sherry A. Haber Schafer on June 7, 1975, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Nadia Schafer of Philadelphia, Pa.; one son, Eric Schafer (and fiancé, Krista Harbin) of York, Pa.; his mother, Joyce Schafer; one brother, Anthony (Tony) Schafer of Gambrills, Md.; and one sister, Caroline (and David) Young of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He graduated from Rushville High School in 1970 and attended Western Illinois University and Illinois State University where he earned his masters degree in Business Administration as well as his CPA and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor). Earlier in his life as a financial analyst, he worked for Dunn and Bradstreet, Keystone Steel and Wire and CILCO, all in the Peoria area. Later, he was employed at The Rouse Company in Columbia, Md., which later became General Growth Properties, where he was a manager in Internal Audit.

He and his wife retired to Florida in 2012. He served on the Board of Directors at High Point Place Condominium Association as treasurer for five years.

He was a baseball coach, soccer dad and Boy Scout leader.

He was a member of the Caloosa Dive Club, and several churches throughout his life.

Services were held Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Rushville with David Haney officiating. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the donor’s local hospice organization.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/3/2018


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