Emil M. Schaefer, 85, Bella Vista, Ark., died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at his home. He was born on Oct. 31, 1928 in Chicago, the son of Emil and Josephine Schaefer.
Emil graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1947 and then attended Loyola University on a basketball scholarship.
He married Phyllis Skibicki on Oct. 7, 1950 in Chicago.
Emil served in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan from 1951-1953.
He was a star basketball player throughout his high school career and into college. He was also a player and coach during his years of service in the Army, and then later he refereed many high school basketball games.
In 2011 he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.
Golf was another passion of Emil’s, passing that on to his kids and grandkids.
Emil and Phyllis loved to travel; their travels include Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Fuji, and cruises across the Atlantic, around the tips of Africa and South America.
Emil is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 63 years; his six children, Mark (Holly) Schaefer, Locust Grove, Ga., David (Denise) Schaefer, Warrenville, Tim (Chris) Schaefer, Goose Creek, S.C., Donna (Brad) Bauer, Oregon, Nancy (Martin) Spei, Santa Fe., N.M., and Peter Schaefer, Santa Fe, N.M.; 13 grandchildren, Mark Schaefer Jr., Griffin, GA., Sam Schaefer, Naperville, Jonny (Brandi) Schaefer, Locust Grove, Ga., John Michael Trapp, Arcata, Calif., Dylan Schaefer, Warrenville, Bradley (Kara) Bauer, Erik Bauer, Emily Bauer, all of Oregon, Nicholas (Megan) Bauer, Monteagle, Tenn., Madeline Bauer, Milwaukee, Wis., Alex Schaefer, Martin Schaefer, and Casey Schaefer, all of Goose Creek, S.C.; four great-grandchildren, Bishop Schaefer, Locust Grove, Ga., Austin Gerht, Oregon, Brook and Andrew Bauer, Monteagle, Tenn.; two brothers, Bill (Kathleen) Schaefer, Twin Lake, Mich., and Raymond Schaefer, Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Richard; brother, Bob Schaefer, Elk Grove Village; and sister, Arlene Schaefer, Washington.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, Oregon.
Emil was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, a great dancer, and well-loved by all who knew him.