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Schafer, Gerald "Max"

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October 8, 1932 - March 16, 2016

Schafer, Gerald "Max"

Gerald “Max” Schafer, born on October 8, 1932 in Delaware, OK to William Franklin Schafer and Elsie Willhite Schafer passed away March 16.

Max began school in Madill, OK and graduated from Midland High School in 1950. He began North Texas State College (UNT) in the fall of 1950 and pledged Phi Tau Fraternity which became Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was in the U.S. Army, 1953-56, stationed in Germany. He returned to NTSC in 1956 and was an active Sig Ep, serving as their Social Chairman. Max graduated in 1958 with a Degree in Business and married his college sweetheart, Kay, that December. Max began his Career with General Dynamics in Ft. Worth.  In 1960 they moved to Richardson and he joined Collins Radio which became Rockwell and then Alcatel. He retired in 1993.

Three very important things to Max were his faith, family, and friends. His hobbies were volunteering, traveling with family and friends and being a Super Gramps/Poppy. He logged many volunteer hours at First United Methodist Church Richardson where he was a member since 1962.

Survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay; brothers, William Donald Schafer of Santa Fe, NM and Edward Eugene Schafer of Midland, TX.; daughters, Cinde Manoel (Mark) of Australia and Susan Schafer of Farmers Branch; grandchildren, Nicole Schafer, Michael & Max Manoel; Also, sisters & brothers-in-law, Karen & Gordon Wise, Betty Lou Heacker & Vicki Vandaveer, Lewis Heacker & Marcia & Tom Faschingbauer and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday, March 21, 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church in his memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


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Jim Carmichael

March 22, 2016 4:56PM

Always enjoyed working with Max. Respected Max as much as anyone I was blessed to be associated with. Prayers for the family.

Noel McBee

March 22, 2016 11:31AM

My prayers are with the family. I work with Max at Collins Radio and our friendship continued thru the years at Rockwell, Alcatel and with Collins Radio/Richardson Credit Union. I enjoy his stories of his weekend assignment with the Dallas Cowboys - The world was better because of Max.

Linda H Farley

March 19, 2016 2:47PM

Our thoughts and prayers of comfort go out to all the family and especially to you, Kay. The loss of a dear, dear man to all of us but of a great partner for you. Jim and I are so glad that we were able to see the two of you recently and to witness firsthand that sparkle in his eyes.

Frank Rahm

March 19, 2016 12:57PM

Max was a really nice man. I know you will treasure his memory always. I will add a prayer for your family this week. Peace and God's Comfort to you.