• Last modified 786 days ago (Aug. 1, 2019)



Tony Schafers

Anthony “Tony” F. Schafers, 89, Marion, passed away July 22, 2019, at St. Luke Living Center, Marion.

Tony’s life began July 10, 1930, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was a son of William and Mary (Bradley) Schafers.

Tony served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served overseas in Okinawa.

He was united in marriage to Tillie Esparza on Sept. 12, 1953, in Stillwater. They celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Tony worked maintainence at St. Luke Hospital for 35 years then for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years. He and Tillie worked together building houses, and Tony was owner of Tony’s Plumbing in Marion.

He was a parishioner at Holy Family Parish in Marion and member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tony was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Catholic Foresters.

Tony’s greatest joy was his family, which included his wife of 65 years, Tillie Schafers of Marion; children Leonard (and wife Donna) Schafers of Newton and Dennis Schafers of Topeka; grandchildren Jason (and wife Rebecca) Schafers of Marion, Travis (and wife Kelley) Schafers of Marion, Shawn (and wife Elizabeth) Schafers of Newton, and Mary Schafers, Joseph Schafers, John Schafers, and Benjamin Schafers, all of Topeka; great-grandchildren Jay Schafers, Bridgette Francis, Amanda Schafers, Jerid Schafers, Emily Schafers, David Francis, Stevan Schafers, Sarah Schafers, Santiago Schafers, Trevor Schafers, Haiti Schafers, Saurora Schafers, Damyon Schafers and Dominic Schafers; siblings Hope Ann Owens, Helen Downey, Jeanette Blasi, and Frances (and husband Marty) Klenda; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Victor, Bill, Clara, Mary, Josephine, and Delores.

Tony’s family gathered with friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion. A Rosary prayer was recited at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Parish, Marion, followed by Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Father Brian Bebak, at 11 a.m.

Tony was laid to rest in Marion Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Knights of Columbus, Father Emil Kapaun Council 3423.

Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Tony at

Last modified Aug. 1, 2019