Mark H. Schaefer, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2017. He was born to the late Mark and Agnes Schaefer on October 13, 1931.
Upon graduation from Chaminade High School in 1950, Mark began work as an engineering aide for the City of Dayton’s Bureau of Expressways. As Dayton’s highway infrastructure was first being developed, Mark spent countless hours building scale models to inform construction and help the public visualize these intricate structures.
After 18 years of service to the city, Mark left to pursue his love of photography full time. As a freelance photographer, he was known throughout Dayton for his aerial photography and portfolio of over 5,000 local weddings. He also proudly photographed Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and other notables as they visited Dayton for the annual Bogie Busters golf tournament.
Mark is survived by many loved ones including his sister Julie (Robert) Paulus, and his beloved companion, Rosanne Behrman, with whom he shared more than 20 years.
Mark was blessed with six children: Loretta (Bill) Puncer, Teresa (Brian) Hucke, Carolyn (Jim) Dodok, Chris (Pam) Schaefer, Rosemary (Gene) Cooke and Marie (Ned) Gruebmeyer, whom he raised with their loving mother, Mariann Paton.
He was known to enliven family gatherings by breaking into song and dance, igniting a political debate, or recounting his favorite tale of victory, earning the city champion title for pocket billiards in high school.
His eight grandchildren Nick and Claire Puncer, Mariann and Marie Hucke, Emma and Grace Schaefer, and Katie Gawne and Max Baumann, remember “Gramps” as Mr. Fix-It, taking on many restoration and repair projects in his retirement years to help family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his brothers Jerome and David, and sister Mary Carol Muth.
A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st, 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 411 E 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402, where Mark was a parishioner. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the vestibule of the church. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you share a dance with a loved one in Mark’s honor. Memorial donations may be made to Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School, 505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, OH 45402.