Robert “Bob” Schaffer

Robert “Bob” Schaffer was born November 25, 1946 in Beloit, KS, to Marjorie Allen Schaffer and Loran Schaffer. He passed away at Star Living Memory Care in Lawrence on Friday, March 10, 2023, due to complications from a hemorrhagic stroke he suffered on January 30, 2019.

Visitation will be Monday, March 13, 5:30 to 7:30 pm (with family present) at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence (120 W. 13th).  Funeral service will be at the chapel Tuesday, March 14, at 10 am. Private graveside burial will be at 2 pm.

 He attended 12 years at St. John’s Catholic School, where he enjoyed sports.  He graduated in 1964. He served six years in the Kansas Army National Guard and Reserves. After high school, he moved to Minneapolis, KS, to work at Honorbuilt/Eldorado RVs. There he met his future wife, Joyce Kindall, and they were married January 4, 19691. In 1966, he was hired by Hallmark Cards in Lawrence, KS, where he enjoyed a 41-year career. Bob and Joyce both retired from Hallmark in 2007.

One of Bob’s passions was competitive BBQ with dear friend Bill Simon. He was a long-time member of KCBS and competed for more than 25 years. The team won many awards and ribbons.

While employed by Hallmark, Bob served on the Hallmark Community Service Committee and was chair for a few years. He was active in several community organizations as well: Boys and Girls Club; Ballard Center; Junior Achievement; Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Lawrence.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Ambria Schaffer (Olathe) and daughters Jennifer and Brianne and her children (Ana and Leo); daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Greg Krumsick (Omaha, NE) and daughters Kelsey and Avery; his brother, Richard Schaffer (Claflin) and his children and families; his brother-in-law, Richard Kindall, and sister-in-law, Sharon Kindall, (Lawrence); sister-in-law, Nancy Kindall (Gladstone) and her sons Dustin and Darren Kindall (KCMO) and their families. He is also survived by other extended family members and many, many wonderful friends.

Bob had a great smile, laugh, and sense of humor—Oh, and “a little OCD—and an ornery streak.” He was also quite the perfectionist and was always ready to help whenever someone needed a hand. And if you considered yourself a friend to Bob, you were his “best friend” when you were in his presence. All of our hearts are broken, and it’s hard to imagine how we are going to move forward in our lives without this amazing, caring, loving, silly, and always thoughtful man. And last—but not least—he leaves behind his best buddy, Wolfie, and his furry sister, Sugar. However, it seems they sort of understand what is going on. They will be a great comfort to Joyce as we move into the next chapter of our lives without our best friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Cloyce Kindall; mother-in-law, Ethel Beineke Kindall Tibbits; and brother-in-law, Donald Kindall.

Special thanks to Dr. Eric Huerter and the staff at Star Living and Ascend Hospice for their compassionate, loving care over the past year.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s wishes would be to donate, in his memory, to SRL, Inc., (Save, Rescue, Love that dog!) 503 E. 3rd Street, Minneapolis, KS 67467 (Wolfie and Sugar were rescued from Joyce’s hometown rescue); Christ Community Church, 1100 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049 (Joyce’s church family); or Lawrence Humane Society, 1805 E. 19th Street, Lawrence, KS 66046 (many or our family’s pets have been rescued from LHS). Donations may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary (120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044).

44 Condolences

  1. Susan on March 11, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Joyce, our hearts and prayers go out to you, Chad and Melanie. We pray his memory will bring you peace and comfort. Love you.

    Lynn, Susan and Hilary

  2. Mary Jane Church on March 11, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bob. A kind and fun gentleman. Sending prayers for you all.

  3. Mary Higgins on March 11, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    Joyce and family. I worked with Bob for so many years. What a wonderful person he was .So kind ,caring, and thoughtful. He will be missed by so many . For sure he was the king of Bar BQ. RIP Bob.

  4. Kathe Benschoter Clark on March 11, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for you Joyce and your family. Bob was such a kind man and enjoyed working with him. Blessed to have known him.

  5. Jim Bergmann on March 11, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Bob was a good childhood friend. I remember,when in high school, we would meet at the Porter hotel and play pool in the basement. He had his own pool cue and would always win. I think I still owe him a few dollars. I’m sorry he had to leave you. He was a good friend and I’m sure he will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Debbie Evans on March 11, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Thinking of you Joyce and wishing you moments of peace and comfort. Bob was one of the best managers. He was always so kind to everyone.

  7. Ambria Schaffer on March 11, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    I adored Bob from the first time we met. He was such a perfect example of what a wonderful man, Husband, Father, brother, uncle, Granddad, friend, etc. should be like. I feel so blessed that I had almost 20 years of knowing Bob. He had an incredible love for his wife, kids and grandkids! He always made me feel comfortable and included in the family! So grateful to be married to Bob’s son Chad, I love and care so much for the Schaffer family. Through it all I will love a support this family!
    I will miss you Bob, Rest in Peace.
    Much Love, Ambria

  8. Don Jardon on March 11, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Joyce and Family,
    Sorry for your loss. He was the very best! Prayers to you all.

  9. Betty Sheppard on March 11, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    Bob, you were one of a kind! I smile whenever I think of you! I wish Joyce and the family peace during this difficult time. Fly high you sweet angel!!

  10. Sherry Downing on March 12, 2023 at 7:37 am

    My sincere condolences Joyce. Bob was a truly kind and compassionate human and will be greatly missed. He was a great boss and friend at Hallmark Cards. May God bless you and your family.

  11. Mike and Claudia Jones on March 12, 2023 at 9:23 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this difficult time.

    Mike and Claudia Jones

  12. James Black on March 12, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Our loss is Heaven’s gain, especially if God likes BBQ. Bob’s sense of family and charity was only surpassed by his sense of humor. His smile was definitely contagious. A best friend for sure.

  13. Mary C Moore on March 12, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, but I am glad he is finally at rest. I am sure the past 4 years have been very difficult for all of his family and friends, and may he now rest in peace. Prayers and hugs.

  14. Dan Stoll on March 12, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    My deepest condolences to the entire family.

  15. Rayann Eversmeyer on March 12, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    Joyce and family, prayers of comfort and caring being sent out to you. Bob was a wonderful person and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was a great asset to Hallmark and all I can say, is, I felt blessed to have been acquainted with him and the other family members who also work/worked at Hallmark. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.

  16. Lois Pachella on March 12, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    My deepest condolences to you Joyce, Chad and Melanie. My prayers for comfort, peace and the love of God showering upon you all during this difficult time.

  17. Tom and Linda Ratliff on March 12, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with you Joyce and family. The memories that Tom and I have of you and Bob will stay with us forever. Wonderful past neighbors and friends throughout all of the years. May you find comfort and peace through this difficult time.

  18. Danny & BeckyMcMillen on March 12, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Joyce and family sorry for your lost. Please remember tho you have many memories of all the good times to get through this difficult time.

  19. Liz Nystrom on March 12, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Joyce and family,
    Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in Bobs care. As a nurse you learn to love every patient. There was no learning with Bob, he was one of those people you love from the start. I’m sending you all a “Liz hug” and healing light.

  20. Jerry & Joyce Cromwell on March 12, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing! Thoughts and prayers to Joyce and family at this difficult time!

  21. Marilyn and Bob Lindeen on March 12, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Joyce and family so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing, our sympathy goes out to you and your family. Thought’s and prayers to all.

  22. DAVE AFFALTER on March 12, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    To Joyce & the Family, thoughts & prayers here as well. We both started @ HALLMARK in 66 he left 2 years after I did ; even though we didn’t actually work together, we knew each other well during that time , well enough that I remember that he was a great guy… DAVE AFFALTER

  23. Greg Sanderson on March 12, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    My heart is heavy with the loss of such a funny, joking, laughing, smiling personality like the one and only Bob. I have so many great memories of him throughout my career at hallmark. From virko to colorvure to management, Bob was always a great mentor and friend.
    You’ll be in my prayers!

  24. Sheila Thornton-McCurdy on March 12, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry for your loss Joyce and famiy. It was a pleasure to get to know both of you wonderful people working at Hallmark Cards. May God be with you. RIP

  25. Virginia C Smith on March 13, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Bob will be missed by all that were lucky enough to call him co-worker. My prayers go out to your family.

  26. Parker Lessig on March 13, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I am truly saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. He was a great guy and always a joy to be around. I pray that God will bring comfort to the family and forever preserve fond memories.

  27. Marilyn Blevins on March 13, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    My heart hurts for you Joyce and your family. So hard to loose a husband and father. Keep all the memories tucked in your heart. Hugs and love to you and your family! He was one of the best!

  28. Tom Marshall on March 13, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Joyce, so sorry for your loss. Please know that Sue and I are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sending you our deepest sympathies and wishing you comfort and strength in the days ahead.

  29. Ann and Bill Neuschafer on March 13, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Joyce, our condolences for your entire family and may our prayers be with you.

  30. Carol Onezlager on March 13, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Joyce & Family,

    So sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy.
    Prayers for all of you.

  31. Patrick Nowlan on March 13, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Condolences and prayers for your family.

  32. Alan and Yvonne Garcia on March 13, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Joyce, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Bob was a special person and a very good mentor.

  33. Cindy Spreer on March 13, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Joyce and all the family. Bob was a fun and thoughtful person. I enjoyed knowing him through all ours years at Hallmark Cards. Treasure all the precious memories he made with all of you. Trust me they do help you get through this saddened time. ❤️🙏🏻

  34. Marilyn Morriss on March 13, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Deepest sympathy to Joyce and all the family. Great guy and manager. Rest in peace.

  35. Joyce Smith on March 13, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Joyce and Family,
    Our sincere sympathy for your family. Bob was a good man.

    Joyce and Randy Smith

  36. ron and jane garvin on March 13, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    We appreciate Bob so much. We will never forget his friendliness and kindness. Even though I walk through the darkest valley. I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

  37. Darren & Kim Landers on March 13, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss Joyce. Bob was a great man and we enjoyed working with him. You and your family are in our prayers.

  38. Shelly King and Doug Zeckser on March 14, 2023 at 10:18 am

    To Joyce and family. We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing . He will be missed by so many. Doug and I were fortunate to visit with and be served some of the best BBQ in Kansas! along side, brother in law Bill Simon. May all the good memories serve. as a comfort and may God keep you and your family in his arms.

  39. Frank & Sharon Molby on March 14, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Joyce and family,
    So sorry to hear about Bob. He and I shared many conversations, sharing the same thoughts about many things we had in common. He was a great guy. Sending prayers an condolences to you and your family.

  40. Charlene Haines on March 14, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Joyce and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was one of a kind. He will truly be missed by many for He touched many hearts. So sorry once again for your loss.

  41. Wendy (Albertson) Traul on March 14, 2023 at 12:31 pm

    Bob, eh-em I mean Mr. Schaffer, was my department head when I started at Hallmark in packaging. He was always such a nice guy. A smile and a “hi” for everyone, all the time. I even had the honor of running into him at the American Royal BBQ once. He definitely made the world a better place. Hugs to you, Joyce.

  42. Mary Lou Almanza on March 15, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    So sorry to see that Bob passed away! He was a good man, always friendly! Great neighbor years ago!
    Thoughts and prayers for Joyce, Chad, Melanie and family at this difficult time!
    He will be missed!
    Mary Lou & Ed Almanza and Family!

  43. Eloise Sauer on March 18, 2023 at 9:33 am

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. What a wonderful person he was! My condolences and prayers go out to you, Joyce and your entire family.

  44. Cheryl J Spencer on March 19, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    I’m sending prayers and hugs to Bob’s family. He was very nice and such a good department head. Always enjoyed his smile and friendly greetings.

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