Robert Paul Schaefer © Trout Funeral Home 01-2017 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Robert Paul "Bob" Schaefer, age 85, long-time resident of Ponca City, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017 in Ponca City. The rosary will be recited at a vigil held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in the Chapel at Trout Funeral Home & Crematory with Deacon Dick Robinson officiating. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday February 2, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Carson Krittenbrink officiating. Following the mass Bob will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ponca City. Casket bearers will be his grandsons Jonathan, Justin, Spencer, Jackson, Richard, Bryan and Robert. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.
Robert was born on December 18, 1931 to Louis P. Schaefer and Corinne Mae Sweitzer Schaefer in Tiffin, OH. He was raised in Tiffin, OH, graduating from high school there. He was united in marriage to his beloved Mary Bonner on March 27, 1953 in Houston, TX. They lived in Houston and Ft. Worth before moving to Ponca City in 1964. Bob worked at Conoco throughout his career in Ponca City ultimately serving as Associate Director for the Computer and Telecommunications Service department. After retirement, Bob and Mary traveled extensively, camping and fishing along the way. In addition, Bob took up making stained glass artwork. Rotary Club was another of Bob's passions, having been a member of the Ponca City Rotary Club since 1985.
Survivors include his dear children: Roger L. Schaefer and wife Robin of Spring, TX, James E. Schaefer and wife Diann of Newkirk, and Carissa Mullenix and husband Brian of Ponca City grandchildren: Jonathan Schaefer, Justin Schaefer, Richard Corbett II, Spencer Schaefer, Jackson Schaefer, Kayla Schaefer, Rachel Schaefer, Bryan Schaefer, Amber Schaefer, Mariah Rogers and Robert Mullenix; Great Grandchildren: Conner and Jentry Schaefer, Melanie and Bethanie Schaefer, Alexandria and Richard Corbett III, and Helden Schaefer, as well as his great great grandchild Harper Marie De La Torre.
Bob was preceded in death by his Parents, sister Carolyn Grafe, brother in law Richard Grafe, brothers Donald Schaefer and Howard A. Schaefer, sister Dorothy Schaefer, sister in law Kathryn L. Schaefer, brother in law Orva Reiter, nephew Rodney H. Schaefer, niece Diane M. Schaefer, wife Mary Bonner Schaefer, and son Karl Joseph Schaefer.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 707 E. Ponca Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601 or Ponca City Rotary Club c/o Trout Funeral Home.
Mary Bonner Schaefer © Trout Funeral Home 11-2004 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Mary Bonner Schaefer passed away Nov. 24, 2004. When first diagnosed with cancer, she was given very little time to live. After her diagnosis, Mary told her children there was no better place to spend her final days than at the foot of God’s throne. Mary’s faith and devotion to God would give her and her family nearly five more years to share with each other. A Rosary will be held at 7pm, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2004 in the chapel of the Trout Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be will said Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004 at 10am at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Michalicka, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Mary was born on Feb. 22, 1927 in Eureka, Texas and was one of four children born to Lewis and Bertha (Robbins) Bonner. She graduated from Mildred High School in Eureka and received her college education at North Texas State University and Sam Houston State Teachers College where she earned her Masters Degree in Mathematics. Following college, Mary taught junior high and high school mathematics in Houston where she sponsored the chess club and bowling teams. In Fort Worth she taught high school mathematics as well as working in the credit department for Continental Oil Company.
Mary and Robert P. “Bob” Schaefer were united in marriage on March 27, 1953 in Houston, Texas. They made their first home in Houston transferring to Fort Worth in 1959, later transferring to Ponca City in 1964. Mary worked as a substitute teacher and was very active in the PTA at Garfield and Washington Elementary Schools and the Parents Association at Po-Hi. She retired from working outside the home as a tax consultant for H&R Block in 1993. Mary and Bob traveled throughout the United States and Canada over the next few years, camping, fishing and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. In addition to teaching her children and grandchildren, Mary shared her rich Catholic faith with others, having been a Sacristan for several years, attending and teaching Renew and sponsoring many others in their Journey of Faith.
Mary is survived by her husband of 51 years, Bob, of the home in Ponca City; son Roger and wife Robin of Spring, TX; son James and wife Diann of rural Newkirk; son Karl and wife Risa of Oklahoma City; daughter Carissa and husband Jimmie of Ponca City. Mary leaves grandchildren; Chip, Jonathan, Justin, Spencer, Bryan, Amber, Jackson and Mariah, and two great-grandchildren, Trey and Alexandria. She is also survived by her sister Mildred of Corsicana, TX and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Bertha and Lewis Bonner and her two brothers, William Robbins Bonner and Richard Barnett Bonner.
Casket bearers will be Joe Steichen, David Helton, J.B. Smith, Nelson Myers, Steve Szabo, Jack McCarty and Mike Collins.
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