Jacob (Jake) James Schaffer
Jacob (Jake) James Schaffer, born April 7th, 1936 to Jacob and Ida (Zimmerman) Schaffer of Central Butte, SK passed away peacefully after a tough battle with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 85 years. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Ernie and John; sisters: Frieda, Agnes, Alma, Elva and Ada; and son, Leslie. Jake is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan; their children: Lindsey (Dianne), Mark (Donna), and Heather; grandchildren: Brandon (Rita), Rylan and Nate; sister, Josephine; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in Central Butte and raised on the farm near Kettlehut Lake, Jake attended Jefferson School and began farming early in life, learning the value of hard work and taking pride in the fruits of his labour. He married Joan Peterman in 1969 while growing the family with Lindsey, Leslie, Mark and Heather. Jake and family lived in a few locations before settling into his pride and joy farmyard he would call home for over 30 years, near the homestead where he was raised. What started as a barren hilltop was transformed into a beautiful farmyard built with that strong work ethic and a little help from his kids and a few neighbours.
Jake enjoyed anything outdoors – gardening, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and standing for what felt like hours chatting with a neighbour on the side of the road. He also enjoyed playing card games, shooting pool and a social drink to go along with those activities. He also had a love for music, with Johnny Cash being one of his favourites, and occasionally pulled out the harmonica or guitar to play a tune.
In retirement, Jake and Joan settled into a house in Moose Jaw in the summer of 2013 and around this time he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. His strong will allowed him to remain in their house until early 2020 but the disease would affect his ability to walk on his own, forcing him to move into Extendicare. Here he endeared himself with the staff showing them his good nature and great sense of humour. At this time the Schaffer family would like to extend a thank you to all the staff at Extendicare, especially those who worked in the west wing where Jake resided.
A Graveside Service will be held at Sunset Cemetery in the spring of 2022. Flowers are gratefully declined. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Jake’s name may be made to Parkinson Canada, 2103 Airport Dr #110B, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6W2. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550.