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David H. Schaefer

July 13, 1933 - March 12, 2018

David Henry Schaefer, age 84, left this world to be with the Lord on March 12, 2018. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be forever missed by his family and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents Stephen and Bertha Schaefer five brothers and sister, from Lacona Iowa, and beloved grandson, Kevin Schaefer.


David retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the United States Navy and served on the USS Northhampton, USS Whitehurst and the USS Wright and finished his career at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington DC. He then worked over thirty years at Dozier’s Exxon as the Station Manager until he retired. David was an avid golf enthusiast at Eagle Haven Golf Course, as well as, being very active in several bowling leagues.  He loved to take his “best girl” to the Farmer’s Market on Friday nights and eat the meatloaf dinner in the restaurant and he loved “liver and onions,” especially at Gus and Georges’ Steakhouse. He was a spontaneous traveler and loved to see where the road would take him.


Left to cherish his memory his loyal wife Mary Schaefer of 63 wonderful years; his children, Patricia Thomas (Ernest) of Fayetteville, NC; David ‘Mike’ Schaefer (Laura) of Chesapeake, VA; Peggy Schaefer (Harvey Gore) of Fayetteville; Steven Schaefer (Jodi) of Virginia Beach; his twelve grandchildren Catherine, John, Matthew, Aaron, Jamie, Shari, William, Eleni, Bill, Paul, David and Jennifer; and twenty-two great-grandchildren and another on the way.


Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Rd. VA Beach, VA 23462 from 6 – 8 pm. A funeral mass will be held for David on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd. VA Beach, VA 23462 at 10 am.


Instead of flowers, individuals can donate to:

Sentara Foundation/Hampton Roads

6015 Poplar Hall Drive

Suite 308

Norfolk, VA  23502

Donate Online at Sentara.come/hospice

Earmark the funds to the care of David Schaefer for Hospice services.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 10:00 am


St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church

5345 Virginia Beach Blvd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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