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Leonard Schaffner of Henrietta


Leonard Schaffner, 82, of Henrietta, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Leonard Schaffner

Leonard Schaffner

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta with Rev. Randy Osborn, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mr. Schaffner was born Jan. 9, 1932 in the Riverland Community of Clay County, to Gotfred and Pauline (Bitz) Schaffner. He attended Henrietta High School and served in the U.S. Army. He married Lavenia Neugebauer on Nov. 19, 1955 in Lawton, Okla. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Henrietta where he served on various committees and as a deacon for 45 years. In addition, Mr. Schaffner served as Clay County chairman and state director for the Texas Farm Bureau. He also served on the boards of the Federal Land Bank, Farmers Home Administration and the Farm Service Agency (formerly ASCS). Mr. Schaffner was a highly regarded farmer and rancher. The family received the Clay County Outstanding Agriculture Family Award. Mr. Schaffner also received the Pioneer Award from the Texas Farm Bureau.

He is preceded in death by one son, Glenn Dale Schaffner; three brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Lavenia Schaffner of Henrietta; one son, Alan Schaffner and wife Leslie of Wichita Falls; one daughter, Joy Schaffner of Henrietta; one daughter-in-law, Laurie Schaffner of Henrietta; two brothers, Dr. Leroy Schaffner and wife Joan of Henrietta, and Dan Schaffner and wife Kay of Burkburnett; two sisters, Mary Lou Teague and husband Eddie of Henrietta, and Ella Mae Smith of Wichita Falls; four grandchildren and two great granddaughters.

The family will be at Davis Funeral Home from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Henrietta, P.O. Box 544, Henrietta, Texas 76365; Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; or the Henrietta VFD, P.O. Box 491, Henrietta, Texas 76365.


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