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Donald Ray Schafer, 81, of Proctor, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Don was born in Duluth to Jesse and Gertrude (Ringwolski) Schafer on May 9, 1933. He lived his life to its fullest, always looking for his next adventure. In 1947 he raced in and won Duluth's first Soap Box Derby - driving a car he and his father, Jesse, had built. In 1951 he graduated from Denfeld High School and was appointed to West Point Military Academy in 1953. He married Diane (Youngren) Schafer after graduation and was stationed in Germany with the Army as an Armored Tank Officer. Honorably discharged in 1961, he owned/operated Duluth Lumber and Plywood and Standard Brick and in 1980 he opened a beautiful horse ranch in Esko. He spent many years enjoying boating on Lake Superior and piloting a small plane. In the late 1990's he began manufacturing engine pre-heaters. His wife, Diane, passed away in March 1998 and Don continued with the heater business and loved to travel.

He is survived by his daughter, Alene, her husband, Dale Bohren; and granddaughters, Carson and Madison; special friend, Dorothea Hart; and so many wonderful friends, extended family and neighbors.

VISITATION: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. Memorial Service Wednesday, July 30 in Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N 56th Ave W, in Duluth. Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard.

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