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Donald Schaffert

Donald Schaffert, age 78, of Phillips, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Grand Island Lakeview.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, July 22nd at St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Grand Island, 1515 S. Harrison St. Rev. Bill Pavuk will officiate. Interment will be in the Phillips Cemetery at 1:30 P.M. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Sunday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. Memorials may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Phillips Cemetery, Hampton American Legion Post #141 or the Plainsman Museum volunteer fund. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Donald Lee Schaffert, the son of Rudolf and Christine (Miller) Schaffert was born on July 1, 1941 in Aurora, Nebraska and passed away on July 16, 2019 in Grand Island, Nebraska at the age of 78.

Don grew up in Aurora and graduated from Aurora High School in 1959. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1963 and served for 6 years.

Don farmed in Hamilton County until 1999 when he moved to Cherry County, Nebraska where he ranched. He moved back to Phillips in 2015.

He was a member of the Hampton American Legion and attended St. Paulís Lutheran Church. Don enjoyed woodworking and volunteering at the Plainsman Museum in Aurora.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Rich (Stella) Schaffert, Ron (Joyce) Schaffert and Robert (Ilka) Schaffert; He is also survived by nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

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