Warren Schafer Musician, merchant

December 05, 1990

Services for Warren Schafer, a retired Army musician and meat stall owner, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Sterling-Ashton Funeral Home, 736 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. Schafer, who was 77 and lived at the Heartlands retirement community in Ellicott City, died Sunday at Howard County General Hospital after a heart attack.

He retired in 1961 from the Army as a chief warrant officer andbandmaster or leader after 30 years.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Catonsville Senior High School and studied at the Peabody Institute.

He played several instruments, including the flute, piccolo andclarinet, and led bands at Fort Meade in the late 1940s and the late 1950s.

After retiring from the Army, he took over the operation of a family meat stall, Clyde W. Schafer & Sons, in the Hollins Market from his father. He retired from the stall in 1984.

A resident of Catonsville for many years, he was president of the Catonsville Lions Club and head of its fund raising for the blind.

He was grand marshal of the 1976 Fourth of July parade in Catonsville.

Mr. Schafer is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Mary Jane Owings; three sons, Clyde W. Schafer of Ellicott City, Robert F. Schafer of Baldwin and George H. Schafer of Annandale, Va.; a daughter, Suzanne I. LaFever of St. Louis; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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