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Shirley Ann (Copeland) & Schaer David Theodore Schaer

January 15, 2014 by

Shirley Ann (Copeland) Schaer, 91, passed away Nov. 5, 2013 at home in Lakeview.

David Theodore Schaer, 92, passed way on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Lake District Hospital.

Shirley was born Oct. 2, 1922 in Butte, Mont. to Martin and Bertha (Copeland) Nye. As a young girl she moved with her family to Coquille where she graduated in 1940.

Ted was born June 25, 1921 in Ft. Jones, Calif. to Frederick Schaer and Harriet (Shepard) Schaer. On Feb. 17, 1924 the Schaer family moved to Coquille where Fred took a blacksmith job with H.T.Wimer & Son, the present site of the Safeway Store.   Ted was a running back on the Red Devil’s mythical state championship with Medford High which Coquille lost 6 – 0, the only points scored against Coquille his senior year.

Ted and Shirley were high school sweethearts and married in 1942. Ted was a veteran of WWII and after the war took a job in Lakeview as a machinist, blacksmith and welder for Carl Lang which would later become Schaer Machine & Welding. With Shirley at his side they ran the business for many years. After selling the business, Ted took a supervisors job for the Town of Lakeview, running the Public Works Department which he did until retirement.

Ted and Shirley were preceded in death by their children;  Pamela and David who both were lost while in their senior year of high school in Lakeview. Remembrances may be made to Coquille Senior High School, Athletic Dept., 1366 N. Gould St., Coquille 97423.

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2 Responses to Shirley Ann (Copeland) & Schaer David Theodore Schaer

  1. Ted and Shirley Schaer were my aunt and uncle. Shirley Nye Schaer (not Copleand) was my mom’ s sister. We Wilkinson girls have many vivid memories of vacations where we would drive up to Lakeview from San Jose, California in our Chevy station wagon to see our aunt, uncle and cousins. It was in Oregon where I was taught by Uncle Ted to shoot a shotgun and also watched as my mom and Aunt Shirley cleaned a deer my aunt and uncle had shot. There was NO WAY I would ever eat venison after seeing it in my aunt’s kitchen sink and smelling the fresh blood-yuck! They loved the outdoors and continued hunting and fishing into their last years in Lakeview.

    Shirley and Ted’s life changed so tragically after they lost BOTH of their children, our cousins. It made it so hard for them to celebrate holidays when they had only each other and did not have their kids around to enjoy holidays.

    We kept in touch over the years with cards and phone calls, so it was no surprise to learn that they died just two short months of each other. I will miss them both dearly, but know that the entire family is now united in Heaven!

  2. Ted and Shirley Schaer were my aunt and uncle. Shirley Nye Schaer (not Copleand) was my mom’ s sister. We Wilkinson girls have many vivid memories of vacations where we would drive up to Lakeview from San Jose, California in our Chevy station wagon to see our aunt, uncle and cousins. It was in Oregon where I was taught by Uncle Ted to shoot a shotgun and also watched as my mom and Aunt Shirley cleaned a deer my aunt and uncle had shot. There was NO WAY I would ever eat venison after seeing it in my aunt’s kitchen sink and smelling the fresh blood-yuck! They loved the outdoors and continued hunting and fishing into their last years in Lakeview. Uncle Ted taught me how to shoot a shotgun as a little girl on one of our vacations. For a city-raised little girl, this was really something! Our cousins, David and Pam were close in age to me and my older sister, so vacations in Lakeview were full of many fun memories with 5 kids in their little house.
    Shirley and Ted’s life changed so tragically after they lost BOTH of their children, our cousins. It made it so hard for them to celebrate holidays when they had only each other and did not have their kids around to enjoy holidays.
    We kept in touch constantly over the years with cards and phone calls, so it was no surprise to learn that they died just two short months of each other. I just wish someone would’ve called my sister or I to let us know this sad news instead of of us having to find out through public info. I will miss them both dearly, but know that the entire family is now united in Heaven!
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