Leonard Schaefer, 89, of Brookfield, Mo., died Saturday September 25, 2010, at his home.

Leonard Schaefer, 89, of Brookfield, Mo., died Saturday September 25, 2010, at his home.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield, with Rev. William Davis, and Rev. David Blakley officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield.

Visitation will begin Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening.

Memorials to Pershing Hospice may be left at or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, Mo. 64628.

Charles Leonard, son of Raymond J. and Inez E. (Berry) Schaefer, was born in Marceline Township, Mo., on August 24, 1921. On January 7, 1948, he married Neva Neal Blackburn at Park Baptist Church in Brookfield, with the Rev. Fred Farris officiating, she preceded him in death on December 25, 2003.

Leonard graduated from Brookfield High School in 1939 and from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1943, with a degree in Business and Public Administration. He was a Member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business and Professional Fraternity.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II in the European Theatre with the 89th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. He was a member of the Society of the 89th Division.

He had leased and operated the Raymond Schaefer Coal Mine for five years and owned and operated Schaefer Tire Company for five years in Brookfield. In 1958 he joined the staff of the Brookfield Daily News Bulletin as a circulation manager and served there for 10 years.

He was elected to the Brookfield City Council and served three terms, one term as Mayor Pro tem, was chairman of the Linn County Republican Central Committee from 1964 to 1968.

In 1969 he received an appointment as a loan officer for the United States Small Business Administration in the Kansas City District. He served as an industrial development specialist in Kansas and Missouri. After 15 years in the Kansas City area, he retired as assistant regional administrator for Management Assistance in the states of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

He enjoyed vocal music and traveling. He was a charter member of the Linn County Community Chorus, and also sang in church choirs in Brookfield and Independence and several men’s quartets.

He traveled to all 50 states and several Canadian provinces, several European nations, and also Africa, South America, the Fiji Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

He was active in church and civic affairs, both in Brookfield and Independence. He was a member of Sycamore Hills Baptist Church for 30 years and served as a Deacon, Sunday School Director, choir member and on various committees.

Independence civic activities included four years on the Heritage Commission and 11 years on the Planning Commission.

He was a past member of the Brookfield Rotary Club and the Brookfield Kiwanis, and the VFW.

Since 1999 he had been a member of the Park Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon and on various committees.

He is survived by three sons; Carl Schaefer and wife Dona of St. Charles, Mo., Roy Blackburn and wife Jenny of Florissant, Mo., Richard Blackburn of Brookfield; one daughter, Harriett Russell and husband Paul of Lakewood, Colorado. Also surviving is a sister Gaynell Holcomb of Brookfield; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, his wife of 56 years, Neva; a son, Leon Edward Schaefer; and a sister Carolyn Schaefer preceded him in death.

Arrangements: Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, 660-258-5050.