Donald A. Schaefer, 71, of Staunton, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020, at his residence in Staunton. He was born on July 5, 1949, in Alton, the son of the late Lawrence J. and Elvita B. (Sauerwein) Schaefer.
He married Laurie S. Coyne on November 18, 1972, at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton and she survives. Don was a steelworker at Granite City Steel in Granite City for 43 years and was a member of the Steelworkers Union. He was also a member and past Elder at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Recipient, and a 50-year member of American Legion Post #564 in Worden, where he was a Past Commander.
Don coached boys basketball for 15 years at Zion Lutheran School in Staunton. He also coached boys basketball for two years at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Staunton, two years as freshman boys basketball at Staunton High School, four years as JV boys basketball at Staunton High School, and two years as girls volleyball at Staunton High School. He received the honor of being named the Small School Volleyball Coach of the Year by the Alton Telegraph. He also assisted his son Chris with the Trinity Lutheran School Girls Basketball program in Edwardsville.
He enjoyed playing golf and going to Cardinals baseball games. His greatest love was spending time with his family and watching his grandkids’ activities and sporting events.
Survivors include his wife, Laurie Schaefer of Staunton; three sons, Christopher Schaefer of Edwardsville, Patrick (Amy) Schaefer of Litchfield, and Ian (Tara) Schaefer of Newark, Ohio; five grandchildren, Meara & Elle Schaefer, Shaun Schaefer, Lillyan & Owen Schaefer; brother, Larry (Donna) Schaefer of Staunton; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation services will be held from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Zion Lutheran School Gymnasium in Staunton. All COVID-19 guidelines will be observed during this visitation period. A private memorial service will be held later and private interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri with full military honors. Memorials are suggested to either Zion Lutheran School Athletic Department in Staunton or Trinity Lutheran School Athletic Department in Edwardsville, Illinois. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.