Theodore Edward Schaeffer |

Theodore Edward Schaeffer

Theodore Edward Schaeffer

Theodore Edward Schaeffer, age 63, passed away peacefully at his home on Morrisania Mesa in Parachute, CO.

He was born to Theodore George Schaeffer and Fay Jean Reimers in Rifle, Colorado on Feb. 8, 1948.

In 1966, Ted graduated from Grand Valley High School and was drafted and proudly served in the Army. While in Vietnam he was exposed to Agent Orange and in recent years suffered from the effects. With all of these afflictions he always said he would do it again.

Ted married Jera Costanzo on Feb. 14, 1974. Together they had two sons, Mike and Nate.

Ted worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction most of his life. In life, Ted enjoyed outdoor activities with his family and was always working on a project in his wood shop. Ted always loved when his grandchildren were around him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janet Penoyer; and a brother, Lanny Schaeffer.

He is survived by his wife Jera; sons, Mike (Vera) Schaeffer of De Beque, and Nate (Becky) Schaeffer of Parachute; three grandchildren, Cayden, LeLoni and Braylee Schaeffer; brothers, Alan Schaeffer of Parachute, John (Anavie) Schaeffer of Billings, Montana, Larry (Pam) Jackson of Arizona; and his sister, Elaine (Russell) Craig of Parachute; also may nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at 10 a.m., at Grand Valley United Methodist Church; 132 Parachute Ave, Parachute, Colo. 81635. A graveside service will be directly after at the Battlement Mesa Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Morrisania Community House. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at 2121 North Avenue, Grand Junction, Colo. 81501.

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