Schafer, Clarence Benedict It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Clarence Schafer, the most wonderful husband, dad, grandad and great- grandad on Tuesday September 13th with his beloved Ruthie's hand in his. Clarence was preceded in death by his beloved parents Ann and Robert, Sister Loretta, and brothers Robbie, Jim, Roy, Clifford and Rupert. Clarence is survived by the love of his life Ruthie Trepanier, daughter Sue, and sons Scott and John (Sara). Son in law Brad Hanson and daughter in law Dianne Schafer. Also survived by Grandchildren, Samantha Mol (Nik), Sara Gardenhire (Toby), Wil Schafer, Jack Schafer, Nick Teschendorf, and Andy Teschendorf. Great grandchildren, Dominik Mol, Scarlett Mol, Makenna Mol and Bodie Gardenhire. Clarence and Ruthie began their life together on The Schafer Family farm in Renville MN, and moved to the twin cities in the late 50's. Clarence went from being a farmer to working as an elevator apprentice, and studied his way to being a Chief Adjuster, achieving his Master Elevator License. Clarence was employed by R&O Elevator for his entire career. Clarence was a proud member of Elevator Local 9. He would spend many evenings at his kitchen table mentoring the next generation of elevator technicians of whom he referred to as "his kids". Whether it was how to read wiring diagrams or find that sneaky tool that would help trouble shoot the inevitable late night trouble call, Clarence was their guy. The local elevator industry has been made better by Clarences' love and commitment to his job. His legacy continues to this day, 29 years after his retirement. For the last 59 years he and Ruthie called Eden Prairie home, living in a neighborhood they fondly call "The Hill". Generations of neighbors will always remember Clarence as the guy that could fix anything, give a warm hug to someone that was feeling sad, or invite you over to the patio for Happy Hour featuring a Gin Martini. The children of "The Hill" remember his waving at them coming home from school, his chocolate chip cookies and banana nut muffins. Our dear Clarence lived his life with love, kindness, compassion for his family and friends, of which he had many. Our family was blessed with unconditional love every day. He was always the gentleman, and gentle man. Clarence and Ruthie were quite the travelers, embarking on field trips, jaunts, or journeys. It's only appropriate that we ask you to wish him well on this journey. A celebration of Clarence's life will be held at a later date.