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Luke Joseph Schaefer

May 3, 1934 — August 15, 2021

Luke Joseph Schaefer

Luke Joseph Schaefer, Age 87 was born on May 3, 1934, in Portland, Indiana to German parents Frank and Minnie Schaefer. He grew up in Fort Recovery Ohio. He was a farm boy. Luke passed away on Sunday August 15, 2021 on The Feast of the Assumption, in Oklahoma City. Luke is survived by his loving wife Dorothy - Dottie (Kupczynski) Schaefer of the home, his daughter Carolyn Humphries, son Chuck Schaefer(Kathryn), grandchildren Amie Combs(Chris), April Stricklin (Johnny), Ann Humphries (Ken), Nick Schaefer(Morgan), Caitlin Schaefer (Seth), Mary Thoendel(Dustin), great grandchildren, Darren Stricklin(Sarah), Meghann Shetley(Trevor), Matthew Humphries(Kayann), Jazmin Hammons(Myles), Baleigh Stricklin, Alexia Olson, Elizabeth Olson, Savannah Olson, Sadie Schaefer, Paisley Thoendel, Norah Thoendel, Saylor Schaefer, Great - Great - Grandchildren Brylynn Humphries, Leah Anna Stricklin, Sawyer Shetley, sister - in - law Victoria Wilson, dearest Aunt Teresa Grogg, brother Robert - Bob Schaefer, nieces and nephews Kevin Schaefer(Judy) Kevin is also his Godson, Steve Schaefer(Kristi), Renee Muhlenkamp(Ron), Lynn Sowar(Fred) and numerous other nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins.Luke was preceded in death by his mother and father Frank Schaefer(Minnie)(Reossner), baby brother Paul Schaefer and sister - in - law Ginny Schaefer.Luke joined the Army in 1953 and served during the Korean Conflict until 1955. He held a Top Secret Clearance and worked on the Nike Missile at Chestertown, Maryland. After his tour of duty, he attended School in Kansas City, Missouri. Following graduation, he went to work for Bendix in St. Louis, MO. He then went to work for the FAA as a Technician in Richmond, Indiana, Ft Wayne IN, then to Weir Cook Airport now Indianapolis International Airport.In1977 he applied for and was selected to be an Instructor at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. While an instructor, Luke earned his degree in Physics at Oklahoma City University (OCU). He then became an Electronics Engineer at the FAA Center until he retired in 2000.Luke and Dottie Loved to travel and proudly had visited all 50 states, all the Provinces of Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Venice and Rome. One of the finest and most enjoyable travels included a visit to their heritage lands of Germany - where Luke's grandfather came from and Poland where Dottie's father came from. Luke and Dottie also loved to dance everything from Polkas, Shotishes, Waltzes, Jitterbug, and Country Dancing. Luke also enjoyed Big Band music and Dixieland Jazz.He was known for his sharp intellect and was the go to guy to fix anything from cars to televisions. He even built a TV from a Heath Kit, complete with all the tubes *well before flat screen tv's). He was a pilot who was multi-engine and instrument certified. He owned his own plane, a Mooney, and truly enjoyed flying the family many places on many different occasions. Luke loved his family. He favored children and animals and they loved him in return. He loved good German and Polish food, good Shiner Bock Beer, Dr. Pepper, Peanut M and M's and honey nut cheerios.Luke was a devout Catholic who prayed the Rosary daily. He belonged to Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in OKC where he was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He truly was our hero. He will always remain in our hearts and thoughts forever. We love you. A Military Honor Guard will present the United States Flag and perform Taps at the interment. May God welcome you to Heaven, dear Luke.
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Visitation

Friday, August 20, 2021

Smith & Kernke Funeral Home (NW 23rd Street)

1401 Northwest 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, August 21, 2021

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

1401 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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