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William Schaffer

March 14, 1949 — October 1, 2019

William Dale Schaffer passed away peacefully with his children by his side early this past Tuesday morning, September 30th, 2019

Bill was born in Evansville, Indiana on March 14th 1949. He was the son of Ralph and Dorothy (Zeber) Schaffer. Bill loved playing baseball as a child and continued this passion assisting his children's coaches over the years during summer youth tee-ball, softball, and baseball. Bill graduated from Purdue University in 1971 with a degree in Business Administration. Early in his career, Bill worked for several ARC homes across NYS assisting individuals with developmental disabilities. He worked for Sunmount DDSO for over 30 years as a Fiscal Manager, supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in the North Country area.

Bill was a kind, patient, and witty man. He raised his family in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, NY. He was a devoted and supportive father to his three children and will be deeply missed. Bill is survived by his children Kiya and Sasha, his sister Carey Stanely, brother Andy Schaffer and his spouse and children, Ruth Schaffer, Aaron Schaffer, and Lauren Duncan. Bill is predeceased by his son, Mischa.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A celebration of life in Bill's honor will be held on Monday, October 7th from 5-8 PM at Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the LPYAA (Lake Placid Youth Athletic Association) in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. Family and friends may also leave condolences and sign the online guest book at
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, Inc.

20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

A Celebration of Bill's Life

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