Dr. Lawrence Schaeferle, 100, of Gladbrook, IA passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at his residence while under the care of Iowa River Hospice. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Shriners Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to www.vogelfuneralhomes.com.
Lawrence was born January 25, 1912 to Martin F. and Sena (Sliekers) Schaeferle in Hancock, IA. At about the age of 6 months he and his family moved to Garwin, IA He graduated form Garwin High School in 1929, Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA in 1933, Pre-Med at State University of Iowa in 1936, M.D., Interned 1936-37 Methodist Hospital Jackson Clinic, Madison, WI, 1937-38 U.S. Marine Hospital, Galvenston, TX. He returned to Iowa and started Medical Practice with Dr. A.F. Walters. In 1939 he purchased Dr. A.F.W. clinic in Gladbrook. Where he stayed until 1981 when he retired. Upon graduation form medical school the U.S. Government offered him a commission of Captain. In the U.S. Army Reserve, which he accepted. Again in 1940 the U.S. Government called upon Doc to be in the regular U.S. Army and he was sent to Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri, where he helped build many barracks, desks, and any other items needed. Doc was on a troop train going to Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Doc was shipped to Oran, Africa and joined the "BIG RED ONE", First Infantry.
The invasion of Sisily followed, then onto England to prepare for the invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944. The First Infantry was in the second wave on the beach during the first hour. As a doctor, he was front line for the rest of W.W. II. At the end of W.W. II, Doc was commissioned to Major and returned home to Gladbrook, December, 1945.
Doc married Virginia "Tommy" Blaine in 1936, they had two children, Karen Schaeferle Larkin and Mark Blaine Shaeferle. Tommy died March 8, 1965. Doc married Mary Jane Chmielowski Blaine, August 16, 1965. Doc was a lifetime member of the American Medical Association and the Iowa Medical Association. He was a member of the American Association of Family Practitioners. He was a 76 year member of the Masons, 64 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, 66 year member of El Kahir Shrine, 67 year member of American Legion Post 127, President of Gladbrook Commercial Club, President of Gladbrook Library, Board member of Westbrook Acres Nursing Home, North Part Shrine Club in Florida, Board member of the Lake and Park Corporation for 61 years, LaCasa Veterans Club in North Port, FL. Doc's hobbies included woodworking, golf and two handed pinochle with Mary Jane. His number one passion was as a family practitioner in Gladbrook.
Doc will be missed by his wife, Mary Jane, son, Mark (Joyce) Schaeferle, daughter Karen, step daughter, Jody (Bob) Boldt, step sons, Chuck (Cindy) Blaine, Larry (Cindy) Blaine, grandchildren, Mark Schaeferle, Beth Dufton, Lynette Glynn, Lisa Larkin, Tami Pierce, Lance Larkin, Laurie Healey, Carrie Wimberley, Duane Blaine, Laurel Blaine, Dylan Blaine, Derek Blaine, great grandchildren, Kayla, Bridgette, and Tommy Dufton, Zachary and Tyler Pierce, Bronwyn and Rashel McNeully, Will and Casie Glynn, Joshua and Ashlyn Wimberly, Sydney Moser, Katie and Jarid Larkin, Brityn Blaine. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Tommy, brother and sister in law Martin and Ann Schaeferle, loving Aunt Reikie and Uncle Raymond Jorgensen of Garwin and an infant sister.