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Clarence Schaffer

September 08, 2016

Funeral Mass - Saturday

September 10, 2016
- 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Saturday

September 10, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Clarence Schaffer

September 08, 2016


Clarence Schaffer, of Fargo, ND passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Sanford Health in Fargo.

He was born in Glencross, SD; as a child he moved with his family to Edgeley, ND, where he grew up on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military discharge, he moved to Fargo, ND. He worked for Miller Sheet Metal, and later started his own business (Schaffer Plumbing and Heating).

Clarence married LaVon Goebel on September 13, 1956 – they were married 57 years.

He is survived by his two children, Rodney of Fargo; and Shari (Steve) Bettenhausen; his special grandchildren – Ashley and Amber Schaffer, Cory and Paige Bettenhausen, all of Fargo, ND; his four brothers – Raymond, William, Bernard (Patty), and Victor (Mary); his four sisters – Irene Ohnstad, Bertha (Kenneth) Wolff, Helen (Allan) Lambrecht, and Carol (Wallace) Berg; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVon; his brother, Herman; and brother-in-law, Marvin Ohnstad.

There will be a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be held at the Holy Cross South Cemetery in Fargo.

The family prefers memorials be made directly to the choice of the donor.


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3 responses to “Clarence Schaffer”

  1. Dawn Schilling Bolstad says:

    Uncle Clarence and Aunt LaVon took me into their home during my first semester at NDSU when I couldn’t get into the dorm. (LaVon’s only sibling, Diane, is my mom.) I have lots of favorite memories of that time, but one of the best is Clarence’s amazing chili. It was fantastic.

    When I bought my first home, purposely bought close to theirs, Clarence was the first person I called to check it out. He walked through it with me, and checked the whole place top to bottom. I wouldn’t have bought it without his okay. When my water heater went out a week after I moved in, Clarence showed up with a double-sized one to replace it. He made sure I always had the best filters for my furnace at cost through his company discount. He always had the best advice, and I followed it all.

    When I became a foster mom to Amanda, when she was 9, he became the most amazing grandpa to a little girl who had no idea what it was like to have such a role model. He used to pick her up from school, and make drive-thrus around town so frequent that they were known on a first name basis to everyone at McDonald’s and Subway. As a single parent, he would even sit with her when she was sick so I didn’t have to miss work.

    He really was an amazing person. God-speed on your heavenly journey, Clarence. Thank you for so many things, but especially your kind heart.

  2. Shirley Pfeifer says:

    At this time of your grieving, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your families. Your dad was well loved and thought of.

  3. Laurie and Dave Gress says:

    Shari & Steve, So sorry to hear your of your dad’s passing. Thinking of you all.

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