Allan Edward Schafer of Swift Current passed away on December 21, 2019, at the age of 70 years young. He was surrounded by his family in their home, which was his most favorite place to be. Born on November 21, 1949, Allan was the third of four children born to Adam and Dorothy Schafer. He was raised in Senate, SK and completed his elementary and high school years in the nearby town of Consul, deep in Cypress Hills country. In 1969, Allan moved to Moose Jaw to pursue his Motor Vehicle Mechanical Repair (MVMR) certificate at Saskatchewan Technical Institute (STI). During that same year, while driving from Moose Jaw to Senate one weekend for a visit, Allan stopped in Swift Current to pick up his cousin. As fate would have it, a young woman named Terry Moen, whom he had known throughout his childhood, hitched a ride along with them to spend the weekend with relatives. After that weekend, Allan began to see Terry in a way he had never looked at her before and the rest, so it goes, is history. Allan made Terry his bride on July 3, 1971, when she was just 18 and he was 21. There were many jokes that marrying her was the only way to convince her to move to Consul! She was the love of his life and his affection for her was ever constant, right through to the twilight hours of his life. Allan began his first job at the GM dealership in Consul in the summer of 1971. In those first few years of married life, he and Terry made numerous lifelong friends in and around the community. They welcomed their first daughter, Jodi, in 1974. Allan could not have been more proud to bring her home. In early 1975, Allan accepted a position with the Department of Highways working with the sealing crew. Two years later, he moved the family to Swift Current to work at the Department of Highways Repair Depot, where he completed his Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics certificate. That same year, he and Terry welcomed their son, Jerrod. Their family of 5 was completed two years later when their second daughter, Jennifer was born. Allan's children were his greatest pride and joy in life. As kids, he enjoyed watching them play sports, and coaching their baseball and hockey teams. Many of the family's fondest memories and great friends were made on the countless hockey road trips they took. It was always a special treat when he would pull out his beloved 1972 Chevelle to take the family for a drive out to visit Grandma Schafer in Maple Creek for the weekend. The interior was just large enough that his arm couldn't quite reach the backseat to swat at the kids as they squabbled. Another source of pride for Allan was his yard. His grass was pristine, like a lush, green carpet. He spent hours, fertilizing it by hand, watering and manicuring it. On warm summer evenings, you could find him standing in the doorway of his garage or sitting on the patio, admiring his lawn with the purest content. Allan always loved a good-natured prank. A squirt with the water hose, a prank phone call, a plastic hose nozzle that was hidden back and forth, or perhaps some "dirty laundry" hanging on your clothesline. if you were a family member, friend or neighbor of Allan's, chances are you were pranked by him at some point! As one of his dearest friends recently remarked, "we will be telling Schafer stories for years". An ever-present twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin, he was always up to something! Allan retired from the Department of Highways in the spring of 2013. Prior to retiring and throughout his retirement years, he enjoyed helping out on the Bolton Farm during seeding and harvest. During the past few years, he also loved driving cars for Standard Motors. Hunting and fishing were beloved pastimes that Allan greatly enjoyed and shared with his late father-in-law, kids, grandkids and friends and he always looked forward to coffee time with the Highways guys. No doubt, many of the world's problems were solved during these regular gatherings! Allan is survived by his soulmate and loving wife of 48 years, Terry; his children Jodi (Ray Beer); Jerrod (Kelly Schafer) and Jennifer (Shaun Morris); grandchildren Bailey, Brayden, Abbi-Gail, Jax, Casie, Carsen, Darby and Emery; great granddaughter Sadie; brother Blaine (Shelley) Schafer, and sister Pat (John Pankratz); sisters-in-law Tammy Komanchuk and Trina McKetiak; numerous nieces and nephews and of course, countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Dorothy Schafer; his mother and father-in-law, Harold and Rosemary Moen; and brother Jim Schafer. If you were a friend or family member of Allan's, know that you were held so very dear in his heart. You are loved more than you could ever know, Dad. Thank-you for all that you have given to every life you touched. Time is never enough. "See you's later". A Celebration of Life Service was held Friday, January 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Credit Union I Plex. In Allan's memory, memorial donation may be made to Kid Sport or Canadian Tire Jump Start.
Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy on the family tribute wall.
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