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Mark Hawley Schaaf

April 8, 1958 June 9, 2019
Mark Hawley Schaaf
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Mark Hawley Schaaf, oldest son of Norma Louise Walter and Hawley Lincoln Schaaf, was born April 8th, 1958 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Mark passed away at the age of 61 on June 9th, 2019 at his Farragut, Iowa home.

Norma said Mark was a cute, happy baby and people would stop her to give Mark money when she carried him down the street. Mark spent his childhood on the family farm near Randolph, Iowa. Here Mark began his love of farming and livestock. Mark had a wonderful childhood, except he hated gathering eggs. He spent a lot of time playing and working with his brother Jay, sister Karen, and many cousins. Norma said when Mark got his first calves, he slept in the barn more than he slept in the house

Mark learned to repair things at an early age. He took his mini bike completely apart. Hawley told him not to come in the house until it was put back together. At 2am he was racing the bike around the house to let his dad know he did it! He thought he could fix anything, and usually he could. He also didn’t like spending money on repair men. He never came in from working a day without grease on his hands and clothes.

Mark loved the county fair, and while he never won Grand Champion except with hogs, it never kept him from trying or helping others get better with fitting and showing their cattle. He purchased his first cattle while he was still in college. He also began farming on weekends while he was still in college. While attending NWMSU Mark was an Aggie through and through. He developed lifelong friendships and had the best time of his life. He started traveling around the country on the livestock judging team and clipping cattle for private sales. He eventually got into clipping show cattle.

After graduating college in 1980, he began farming more acres and started a family. When it came to farming, Mark was a perfectionist, always trying to keep up with technology while still trying to keep some old traditions alive. Mark loved combining late at night most of all. This was when Mark felt in tune with the land and nature. Driving his truck throughout his cattle herds also fulfilled his heart. He knew each of his cows individually by sight, and they were all mostly black! At one time we called him “The Cattle Whisperer of the West Nishna”. Mark was one of the founders of the Fremont County Cattlemen’s organization. He was a dedicated producer and promoter of “good” beef through good genetics.

Hawley introduced Mark to boating and water sports at an early age. The love never ended. He was one of the best water skiers around. He never mastered skiing while standing on his hands because the boat driver thought he was drowning. But according to Mark, he was almost on top of the water! His love of water sports and lake life has carried on through Mark’s family. Many happy times have been spent at the lake with family and friends.

Sometimes life is full of wonderful moments. Mark and Terry began their married life together June 27th, 1992. Their love for each other encircled the children and a perfect blend began. Life was perfect, with school, county fair, and summer fun year after year. Marriages and grandchildren just added to Mark’s happiness.

Mark loved a good joke and a good time. He loved playing with grandchildren and teaching them about “corn bears”. So many stories and tales over the years have made Papa quite the legend! Mark battled many health issues over the years, but he always seemed to overcome them. He battled fiercely against pancreatic cancer. Mark didn’t want to give up, he just wasn’t given a choice.

Mark is survived by his parents, Hawley and Norma; wife Terry Schaaf; sons Brandon Schaaf (Megan); Jacob Steiner (Amanda); and Dustin Schaaf (Sarah); daughter Abigail Steiner; grandchildren Blake, Brody, Madelynn, Jaden, and Camden; brother Jay Schaaf (Tammy); sister Karen Schaaf; beloved nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Mark from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Cottonwood Pavilion, 1309 Ferguson Road in Shenandoah, IA. Memorials will go toward the Fremont County Fair and Fremont County Flood Relief. Private interment of ashes was in Grandview Cemetery near Sidney, IA. The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney, IA is in charge of arrangements.

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12:00 PM 6/15/2019 12:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 6/15/2019 4:00:00 PM
Cottonwood Pavilion

1309 Ferguson Road
Shenandoah, iA 51601

Celebration of Life

Cottonwood Pavilion
1309 Ferguson Road Shenandoah 51601 iA
United States

Cemetery Details


Grandview Cemetery Final Resting Place

2500 Knox Road
Sidney, IA 51652

2500 Knox Road Sidney 51652 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Fund Established

To go toward the Fremont County Fair and Fremont County Flood Relief

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