Andrew Charles (Bud) Schafer
8-2-1920 ~ 1-12-2011
Bud Schafer was born in Walsenburg to Andrew C. â€ˆSchafer Jr. and Ruth (Gilmore) Schafer on August 8, 1920, and passed away on December 12, 2011 in Reno, Nevada.
Bud graduated from Huerfano County High Schoolâ€ˆin 1938. He attended college at Coloradoâ€ˆState University in Fort Collins, then went directly into the Airâ€ˆForce from there.
Bud was a pilot of a B-24 in WWII. He was a Safeway store manager in Palo Alto, California, and lived inâ€ˆCalifornia most of his married life until moving to Reno, Nevada. â€ˆ â€ˆHe and his wife Katie (Dunich) were married 68 years.
Bud’s family has deep roots in Huerfano County. His grandparents, Andrew (Andy) Christian Schafer Sr. and Lillianâ€ˆ(Black) Schafer, were Huerfano County pioneers. Andrew Sr, was married three times. He had a daughter, Alvena Long, with his first wife Lillian. â€ˆWhen she died, he remarried Julie Wagner and they had five children, Andrew C. Schafer Jr, Fred W., William B. (Billy), Lucille Krier, and Fern Lawson. â€ˆBud’s father, Andrew Schafer Jr., was mayor of Walsenburg in the late 30s and early 40s. The whole family was involved in the meat packing and market business. They were owners of the Schwab-Schafer meat packing plant, built in 1923 and located on Ideal Road. The company later continued under the name of the Schafer Packing Co. They were also wholesale meat dealers all over the county, and had Schafer’s Meat Market at 608 S. Main Street in Walsenburg. Bud worked there as a young man when he was in high school.
Bud’s parents, Andrew C. Jr. and Ruth Schafer, had three children, Bud, Barbara Elizabeth Peterson, and John (Jack) Wilfred Schafer.
Bud was predeceased by his parents, his sister Barbara, and his cousins William (Bill)â€ˆSchafer Jr., and Clifford Lawsen.
He is survived by his wife Katie; and two children, Andrewâ€ˆCharles (Sally) Schafer IV of Novato, CA and Debbie (Tom) Braun of Aptos,â€ˆCA; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Jack (Carlene) Schafer of Evans,â€ˆColorado and numerous cousins including Pauline Santi, Jewel Geiger, and Ronâ€ˆSchafer of Walsenburg, CO, Phyllis Krier Donelly of Broomfie;ld,â€ˆCO, Carol McInnis of Grand Junction, CO, Ruby Mae Long of Golden,â€ˆCO and Bob Lawson of Denver,â€ˆCO.
No services were held at his request.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward