Lake Bronson – Eugene “Jimmy” Schafer, 70, of Lake Bronson, passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Funeral services were held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hallock. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Lake Bronson.
Eugene George Schafer was born September 30, 1946 in Crookston, to Frank and Anna (Linnert) Schafer. Gene grew up in Red Lake Falls and was a 1965 graduate of Lafayette High School. After completing high school, Gene’s brother Robert flew him to Pipestone where he studied meat processing.
After becoming a butcher, Eugene opened Schafer’s Locker Plant in Plummer. Gene also worked construction and drove semi for several years. In the early 90s, Gene took a job at Arctic Cat and was a welder there for over 20 years. He moved to Lake Bronson in 2010 and retired in 2015.
Eugene enjoyed dancing, playing cards and gardening. He was also a Vikings and Twins fan. Eugene loved Anne’s grandchildren, Summer, Spencer and Sawyer Billings, Chelanne and Jaden Kostrzewski. He took pleasure in attending their sporting events and just spending time with them on the farm.
Eugene is survived by his brothers, Robert, of Red Lake Falls, Larry (Candace), of Red Lake Falls and Willard (Barbara), of Lakeville; his loving companion, Anne Billings, of Lake Bronson; and nieces and nephews.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Boutain and husband Dale; an infant brother, Alfred; a nephew, Jeffrey Boutain; and a sister-in-law, Judith Schafer.
Arrangements are with Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock.

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