Donnie Schaeffer, 82, of Wyoming, finally graduated from the “School of Hardnox” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at his home with those he dearly loved.

He was a Navy veteran, having honorably served his country from 1955 until 1963.

He married the love of his life, Susie Millsap, in 1959 at Wyoming.

He retired from Star Buildings in 2002 after 35 years of employment. He had also farmed and worked with the Somerville businesses over the years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Susie; a son, Matthew (Diane); three granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy, in 1975.

A private graveside service and burial was held at the Wyoming Cemetery, and a celebration of his life (and graduation) was held at his garage on Nov. 3.

Memorials may be directed to Animal Welfare Friends, Monticello, in his honor.

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