Leland S. "Red" Schafer

Oneida Dispatch 
January 31, 1996 
 
 ONEIDA - Leland S. "Red" Schafer, 75, West Road,  
died Tuesday evening, Jan. 30, 1996, in the Oneida  
Healthcare Center, where he had been a medical  
patient for the past four days. He was born on May  
24, 1920, in Mexico, N.Y., the son of Frank E. and 
Margaret Church Schafer. He was a resident of the  
Oneida area for the past 60 years. 
 He first married Nellie Zabele on Oct. 30, 1938,  
in Oneida. She died on May 25, 1964. He later married  
Dorothy Yeoman Swetmon on Oct. 18, 1965, in Halstead,  
Pa. 
 Prior to his retirement, Mr. Schafer was employed  
with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban  
Development as a coordinator of inspections and  
appraisals, with his office based in Morrisville.  
Also, for many years, he owned and operated Schafer's 
Auction House in Durhamville. Mr. Schafer was a 
veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. 
Army in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He 
was a life member of the Dean-Cunningham Post 1312, 
Veterans of Foreign Wars, a former member of the  
Oneida Moose Lodge 421 Loyal Order of the Moose and 
was of the Protestant faith. 
 Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Donna Schafer 
of Daytona Beach, Fla; one step-son, James and Carol 
Swetmon of Durhamville; two step-daughters, Sharon 
Havenor of Sebring, Fla. and Judy Szabo and her 
husband, Dan, of New Hartford; one sister, Mrs. Willis 
(Margaret) Sawyer of Orange City, Fla; 14 grandchildren, 
Hope Caswell Evans, Faith Caswell Rose, Cas Caswell, 
Michael Boncella, Mark Boncella, Jeffery Boncella, 
Michael Zerba, Rodney Jones, Sharon Jones, Dawn 
Mastroianni, Matthew Swetmon, Elain Bartlett, Mark 
Swetmon and Jill Swetmon; 14 great-grandchildren; and 
several nieces and nephews. 
 Service held Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main 
Street, Oneida, N.Y. Spring interment will be made in 
Glenwood Cemetery. 

Date: Thursday, April 22, 1999 02:16 PM

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