Dwight Russell Schaper, age 84, of rural Columbus Junction, died suddenly at his home Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014. The son of Chester and Oleta Peck Schaper, he was born on January 17, 1930 at the family farm in Wapello. He married Leota Harl on June 10, 1951 in Wapello.
Dwight graduated from Wapello High School in 1949. He worked at Lihs & Hemphill 66 Garage; drove a school bus while in school and for L-M Community School for 35 years. After his father’s death, he and Leota moved to the family farm near Columbus Junction, where he lived for over sixty-five years.
Dwight enjoyed stock car races, camping and traveling the United States with his family, working on cars, and restoring and showing John Deere tractors. He was a member of the Wapello Church of the Nazarene and was a member and past board member of the Louisa County Historical Society. He will be remembered best for always having time for his family and friends no matter what time or circumstance, his calm demeanor, and his love for his family.
Dwight will be deeply missed by his children, Linda Bonnichsen, Sue (Bruce) Thomas, Jo Farnsworth, and Kevin (Teresa) Schaper; grandchildren, Megan (Dave) Lechner, Meredith (Kirk) Logan, Alex Ball, Jenna (Abel) Tovar, Trevor Schaper, Kraig Thomas, Lauryn (Andrew) Rich, Jordyn Schaper, and Sydney Farnsworth; great grandchildren, Korbyn, Jaxyn, and Preslie Logan and Shae Rich; sister, Valeen (Keith) Ziegenhorn; and a special cousin, Gerald Lee Peck.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cec and Edgar Harl; sons-in-law, Marvin McCulley and David Farnsworth; granddaughter, Taylor Farnsworth; brother-in-law, Loren Kay Jackson; niece, Lisa Jackson; and nephew, Craig Jackson.
The funeral ceremony for Dwight Schaper will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Rev. Claude Perhealth officiating. Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home where the family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Wapello Rescue Unit and the Louisa County Historical Society.
Condolences may be given and viewed at www.dudgeonmcculley.com.