John Arthur Schaeffner, 79, died at home in Wasilla, Alaska, on March 7, 2021, with his family by his side. He lost his battle with cancer and went home to be with his Lord and Savior. There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Fairview Loop Baptist Church, Wasilla, with Pastor Tom Hoffman officiating. A potluck will follow the service.
John was born October 10, 1941, and raised in Bonners Ferry, where he loved to hunt, fish and go camping with friends and family. John enjoyed gardening and tinkering around his home.
In 1984, John moved his family to Palmer, Alaska, where they lived for a short time, and in 1989 moved back to Idaho. In 2007, they moved back to Wasilla, Alaska, to be near their daughter and family. John built their home out in the country where they could enjoy the beauty of Alaska and watch the moose graze in the yard.
John loved to “Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord.” He joined the worship team at Fairview Loop Baptist Church, where he enjoyed praising the Lord in song.
John was in the Peace Corps in Morocco from 1962 to 1964, working as an irrigation specialist.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Julia Ann, daughter Rhonda Fischer, son Mark, four grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren, brother Dale, Alton, New Hampshire, sisters Laura Mae Gardner, Tucson, Arizona, and Alice Cochrane, Kalispell, Montana, and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William F. and Bessie Mae, brother James and half brothers, Paul and Donald.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that you make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.