John Gilbert Schaff passed away with family at his side in Lake Oswego, OR on September 6, 2013, at age 83.
John was born on June 13, 1930 in Minden City, MI, and except for his military service lived nearly his entire life in Michigan, growing up on a farm and attending a one-room schoolhouse all through his primary education. He earned his Bachelor's in Science and Master's in Education from Michigan State University, and taught middle-school science in the Troy, Michigan school district for many years, retiring in 1993. In November 1972, John married Patricia Mierau, in Michigan. He was very active as a minister at New Apostolic Church for 25 years. He served as a religious instruction teacher and Sunday School Superintendent for many years. John enjoyed reading history, religion, and baseball. The family enjoyed annual vacations in Denbeigh, Ontario, where John would fish and relax. He and Patricia moved to Tigard, OR to be near family in 2011.
Mr. Schaff is survived by his wife of over forty years, Patricia Schaff of Tigard;
children Elise Schaff Laubach and husband Michael and their children Samuel and Molly of Tigard;
stepsisters Connie Wallen and husband Robert of Valley Springs, CA
and Marlene Struthers and husband Douglas of Bob Cajun, Ontario, Canada;
and stepbrother Jim Sutherland of Canada;
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11 AM at New Apostolic Church, 11215 SW 64th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219. Donations in John's name would be greatly appreciated by his family, and may be made to either the church youth group (checks made out to NAC-USA YD LLC) or a charity of the donor's choice.