Milton L. “Mick” Schaffner, 86, of rural Waldron, Mich., died Dec. 14, 2012, at Fairlawn Haven Special Care Unit in Archbold, Ohio, following several months of declining health.
He was born Nov. 19, 1926, the only child of the late Hubert and Helen (Wallace) Schaffner. He married Barbara Ann Goble on Oct. 6, 1946, in Fayette, and she survives.
Mick lived his entire life in the Fayette area, and attended Gorham Fayette High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, and proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Lexington as a radio operator. He stated that he could have hit the Emperor of Japan with a baseball at the signing of the peace treaty, as his ship was alongside the Missouri at that time.
Starting life as a carpenter, Mick used those skills as a foundation throughout his life as he became a farmer and millwright. In his retirement, he stayed busy in his wood shop until his body could no longer keep up.
Mick loved to help people and was honored for such when he and Barb were named Fayette Citizens of the Year in 2002.
He was a life member of the John Dale Post 143 of the American Legion, serving in many leadership positions during a period of more than 60 years. Mick also worked part-time for Eagle Funeral Homes, starting in the 1960s when an ambulance service accompanied the business. He also volunteered many hours to the betterment of the Fayette Opera House.
In September of 2011, he had the privilege of taking Honor Flight to the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his wife, Mick is survived by five children, Kristine (and Robert) Keiser of Fayette, Colleen (and Merritt) Kimball of Worthington, Ohio, Marsha Kutzley of Fayette, Philip (and Christine) Schaffner of Alvordton, Ohio, and Nancy (and Trent) Lavinder of Fayette; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mick was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Kellen Keiser.
Funeral services for Mick Schaffner are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastors Kathy Currier and Jonathan Kimball officiating. Military interment will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations in Mick’s honor are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.