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Philip Dwight Schaefer

December 21, 1945 ~ July 6, 2019 (age 73)

Passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Bickford Cottage at the age of 73. Philip was born in York, PA on December 21, 1945, the son of the late David Schaefer and Mary Elizabeth (Arnold) Schaefer. He left York in 1963 to attend Valparaiso, University in Indiana, where he graduated in political science. Following his undergraduate studies, he continued his studies at Valparaiso and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree. Phil Immediately immersed himself in the political turbulence of the 1960's by working on Senator Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. His political life remained active throughout adulthood culminating in his election as Judge of the Kalamazoo County 9th Circuit Court where he remained for twenty years. He was an avid and passionate fly fisherman, who never missed an opening day up north. He was a loyal Baltimore Orioles fan, who grew up going to games with his father. He continued his love for the Orioles going to games at Camden Yards every year for the past twenty years. He is survived by his loving wife of fifteen years, Chris Ann Johnson; two stepdaughters, Chloe and Maggie; two daughters, Lisa and Michele; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Lauren. He was preceded in death by one brother, David Schaefer. Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 12 p.m. officiated by Rev. James Dyke. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd., Kalamazoo, MI 49008, ATTN: Church Office or Saint Andrews Community Church 3631 Covington Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49001, ATTN: Rev. Jim Dyke. The family would like to thank the staff at Bickford Cottage and Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan for their care and kindness. To view Philips personalized web page go to

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