Obituary: Louis Schaffer

A memorial service for Louis Schaffer, 78, of Genoa, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Genoa Church in Genoa.

Mr. Schaffer died Aug. 27, 2000 in Reno. He was born May 27, 1922, in Manhattan, Mont., to John and Edna Brown Schaffer.

He received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and his master's degree from George Washington University. Upon his retirement after 30 years with the U.S. Air Force, he taught at the University of Cincinnati while earning his Ph.D. degree.

Mr. Schaffer was a colonel and pilot with the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the 509th Composite Group and served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, three Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star.

He moved to Genoa in 1972 where he ran a consulting business, working with the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Mines and several other state agencies. From 1986-96, he volunteered with the Laubach Literacy Action, training more than 2,000 tutors in Nevada. He initiated reading and learning programs in 16 communities, four prisons, three workplaces, middle schools, colleges and reservations in Nevada and the nearby California region.

He was preceded in death by his son Gary and his wife of 54 years, Frankie.

Among his survivors are his daughters Brooke Woellner of Genoa and Sunny Bryant of Gardnerville; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Walton's Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

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