Vincent Jerome Schaefer

Monday, July 27, 1959 - Sunday, May 8, 2022

In Honor and Remembrance

Photo of Vincent Jerome Schaefer  - 1959-2022

Canton – Senior Chief Quartermaster Vincent Jerome Schaefer, U.S. Coast Guard, Ret., age 62, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he was born July 27, 1959 to the late Jerome Francis Schaefer and the late Bonnie Clutter Schaefer.

As a young man, Mr. and Mrs. Schaefer, with Vincent in tow, moved from Miami, Florida to make their home in Canton where he graduated from Pisgah High School. He had joined the U.S. Coast Guard and had been awarded many distinguishing merits during his 23 years of dedicated and honorable service before his retirement as Senior Chief Quartermaster in 2004. Together with his family, Vincent had many stations of duty which included Wilmington & Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Duluth, Minnesota; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Mobile, Alabama.

Vincent was an easy-going man with a great sense of humor. He was very caring and thoughtful, and was always attentive to his family, especially to his grandchildren. Mr. Schaefer gave 100% of himself to anything he put his mind to. He was a skilled woodworker, had a knack for computers and technology, and together with his brother, Tony, created and developed an admirable portfolio of website designs. He also enjoyed fishing and was the owner of Center Pigeon Arms before his illness had him focus on things closer to home. Vincent valiantly battled cancer, and during this time of hardship, he showed his courage in facing life's challenges with dignity. Despite the struggles, Vincent remained a hero as he faced adversity by staying strong until the end. We give thanks for the life of service and dedication Vincent led, and also for the love that he gave his family.

In addition to his parents, Vincent was preceded in death by his favorite cat, Chili.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Johnna Rogers Schaefer; children, Eric Schaefer, Sr. and wife Jessica of Argyle, Texas, Phillip Schaefer and wife Natasha of Clyde, and Anita Holloway and husband Cole of Norfolk, Virginia; grandchildren, Juliana Holland, Eric Schaefer, Jr., Peyton Schaefer, and Sawyer Schaefer; brother, Anthony Schaefer and wife Jody of Canton; nieces, Kiana Schaefer of Tampa, Florida, and Delaney Schaefer of Canton.

A private family Celebration of Life to remember and honor Mr. Vincent Schaefer will be held Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Schaefer family.

Condolences from family and friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God wrap his arms around you and the days ahead. Vince was a very special friend and a warm and kind man. I will always have alot of great memories of him. Sail on Vince fair winds and calm seas. Thanks for being my friend.
Mary Ellen and Tommy
Eric although I only met your dad once, but I can tell how wonderful he must have been just by knowing you. We reflect the best parts of our parents thanks to the loving way they raised us. To your mom Johnna a lifetime together is never enough. I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of your family with so much love. May the Lord comfort you all and take comfort and cherish the memories as you grieve. My condolences to you all Diana Garland (Eric Schaefer’s mother in law)
Diana Garland
Johnna and family so sorry for your loss,he was taken way to will miss him but he's not suffering anymore.Love you Elvalee
Elva lee Rogers
Johnna and Family The Pisgah Class of 1980 would like to extend our deepest sympathies on the passing of Vincent.
Pisgah High Class of 1980
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Mary Rhinehart Chambers
Tony I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. Be blessed Ole friend!!!
Dan Wood
Johnna and family, I am so sorry to hear about Vincent. It is so hard to let the ones we love go. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kim Queen Russell
Our deepest sympathy to the family. We are so sorry to hear of Vincent's passing. He was always so kind me (Mary) in school. May the Lord bless and comfort his family during this difficult time. Thank you for your service Vincent. In Christ, Kim and Mary
Rev. Dr. Kim and Mary Milner
Johnna, I'm sending all my love and prayers . Very sorry that you have to endure this pain.
Kimbra Cagle (Mills)
How do I start, When we got stationed with you in Buxton, you both opened your home to us until ours came opened we became the best of friends you and Vince and the kids became our family as with all the wonderful memories we shared and the laughs , will never forget the laughs and smiles and the goofiness from Vince . He will surely be missed , he really was a great guy and loved his family very deeply. So honored to have had the opportunity to have known him and call him my friend. Prayers and love to all of you and so sorry for your loss . Fair winds and Following seas Vince !!!❤️
Cathy Smith
Johnna , I’m so sorry for your loss . Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers . We had so many good times in Hawaii . I hope time will ease your pain and reminiscing of the good times will heal your heart . Hugs to all of you my friend . Love Deb
Deb Monroe
May God comfort you in this monumental loss. We were so glad to meet Vince, Johnna and the rest of the family at Cole and Anita's wedding. What a fun time. May loving memories give comfort and joy in your grief. Love to all, Nanette and Steve
Steve and Nanette Holloway
So sorry for your loss . If I know Jerry he was standing by the pearly gate with a big hug and a can of beer. Vince fought hard to stay with his family, he will be missed . Johnna and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Glance
Johnna and Family, we are so sorry hear of Vince’s passing. The Bible verse , 2 Timothy 4:7 comes to my mind, it says “ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” That’s what Vince did, he fought a good fight and he has finished the race. Johnna I haven’t seen you in a long time but I have kept up with your family through my niece, Mary Ellen. You all will remain in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days and months ahead as you continue to mourn the loss of your very special loved one. Love and Prayers to all of you. Charlie and Verna Clark
Charlie and Verna Clark, Manteo, N.C.
Johnna and family, I am so sorry to hear of Vincent's passing. He was a really good friend to me and my family.
Tracy Long (Whitner)