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Nilus James Schaefer

July 11, 1945 — September 14, 2022

Nilus James Schaefer, age 77 of Scotland, SD passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Nilus was born Wednesday, July 11, 1945 to Rudolph and Linda (Hinzman) Schaefer at Avon, SD. He served 4 years in the Army National Guard. He attained a histology degree.

Nilus met his true love, Margene Ann Novak, who was attending Mount Marty College in Yankton. They were married December 27, 1966 and were blessed with three children, Todd, Tracy and David. The couple lived in Omaha, NE and Keokuk, IA, before returning to Scotland to raise their family.

Nilus was employed for 38 years at Kolberg-Pioneer in Yankton, SD. He also served three consecutive 1-year terms on the Scotland School Board.

Nilus enjoyed life to the fullest. He especially loved spending time with his beloved Margene. They traveled many places together, including bus tours and cruises, always bringing souvenirs back for their grandchildren. During the summer they enjoyed MN Twins games, fishing and camping with family and friends. Nilus loved following the MN Vikings, SDSU Jackrabbits, and Kansas Jayhawks.

Nilus was proud of his family, especially the grandchildren. Most recently he could be seen proudly sharing photos of his great grandchild, Dominic. He was also an “adopted grandpa” to the many children Margene babysat over the years. 

Although we will miss Nilus greatly, we take comfort in knowing that he and Margene are together again. 

Nilus is survived by his children, Todd (Kayleen) Schaefer of Saginaw, TX, Tracy (Wes) Chambers of Yankton, SD and David (Lisa) Schaefer of Brookings, SD; grandchildren, Savannah (Dalton), Connor (Kate), Audrey, Emily, Lauren, Brayden, Isabella, Emma and Caitlyn (Matty); great-grandson, Dominic; sister, Shirley (Keith) Jurrens of Shelby, NE; brother, Larry Schaefer of New Smyrna Beach, FL and sister-in-laws Elois Schaefer of Minnesota and Agnes Winckler of Tyndall.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margene; brothers, Raymond, Junior (Lila), Henry and Dwayne (both in infancy); sisters, Verna (Lavern) Berndt and Betty Strohfus.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, September 16, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Goglin Funeral Chapel, Scotland

410 Poplar St, Scotland, SD 57059

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Prayer Service

Friday, September 16, 2022

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

Goglin Funeral Chapel, Scotland

410 Poplar St, Scotland, SD 57059

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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

940 1st St, Scotland, SD 57059

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Burial

Saturday, September 17, 2022

St. George Catholic Cemetery

292nd ST, Scotland, SD 57059

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