He was born March 28, 1929 and educated in Stanchfield, Minn. to the late Lloyd L. and Hattie (Anderson) Schaeffer. He moved to Pocahontas, Iowa in his teens and was employed by Eichler John Deere Implement in 1949 until 1969 when he was employed by Dudley John Deere Implement in Laurens, Iowa. In 1986, he became a partner in General Repair in Ware, Iowa until his retirement. Harold enjoyed working with farm machinery and visiting with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Powers) Schaeffer of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two daughters, Sherry (Mel) Cates of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Barbara Hicklin of Madisonville, Ky.; two grandchildren, Emily (Jamie) Ray and Nathan (Lindsey) Hicklin; two great-grandchildren, Alexander and Nolan Ray; a brother, Calvin Schaeffer; six sisters, Hazel Lillicrop, Violet Storck, Julia Miller, Gertrude Johnson, Nita (George) Christiansen, and Ramona Fredin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rhonda Schaeffer; brother, Byron Schaeffer; sisters, Melba Dahlin, Laura Dahlin, and Dorothy Schaeffer; and a son-in-law, Homer Wesley Hicklin.
Servcies were held Monday, November 21, 2011 at Powers Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Iowa.