John Schafer, 100, of Trenton died April 11, 2020. He grew up in Trenton.
Mr. Schafer graduated from the Peddie School, where he was a member of the wrestling and swim teams. He attended the University of Pennsylvania before serving in the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) from 1942 to 1945. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, the World War II Victory, the American Campaign, and the Good Conduct medals. More recently, Gov. Chris Christie presented him with the Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished meritorious service in ground operations during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations.
After the war, he continued his father’s legacy in the furniture business. Over his career he owned and operated six furniture stores, three in Trenton and three in Pennsylvania: Lancaster, York, and Carlisle. He also assisted his sons in going on to own their own stores. He worked until the age of 92 in his favorite and last remaining furniture store, Home Furniture, located on North Broad Street in Trenton, which had been built by his father in 1925.
He was an active member of Har Sinai Temple for over 50 years, where he donated land for the temple’s expansion.
His favorite pastime was golf. He was a member of Greenacres Country Club for over 50 years and won dozens of tournaments.
Predeceased by his former wives Margery and Edith and a daughter-in-law, Harriet, he is survived by four sons, Edward of Old Bridge, William of East Brunswick, Gordon, and Jay; daughters-in-law Joy, Sarah, and Amy; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and his second wife, Rose.
Private graveside services were held April 14 with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to National Museum of American Jewish Military History.