(July 2, 1918 – Mar. 18, 2009)
Otto was born near Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the family farm of his parents, Rhinhold and Emma Schaefer.
He was educated at Golden Prairie School. His ambition was to take a radio course in Los Angeles and he accomplished this after his school days were over. He returned to Regina and got a job in radio repair.
He married Miriam Christman in 1941. Otto joined the Air Force and took his basic training at Moose Jaw.
In 1943 his only daughter, Janet, was born while he was in Ontario. He was posted to Montreal and six months later he was stationed at Tofino Airport on the west side of Vancouver Island.
Miriam and baby followed him to Montreal by train and then back across the country to live in a small house on Long Beach while he was at Tofino.
At the end of the war, he returned to his home town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and went into business as a radio repairman. He later bought Hodson Hardware, which he and his wife ran for many years. He retired in 1973 and moved to Chilliwack, BC where he enjoyed his retirement.
Otto had many interests. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, private pilot, photographer and enjoyed many varied hobbies over the years. After he retired his interests turned to wood craft and jewelry making.
He is survived by his wife Miriam and daughter Janet (Keith) and family.
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