Ronald "Big Foot" Schaffer

Mar 09, 1946 - Jan 21, 2021

Ronald "Big Foot" Schaffer

March 09, 1946 - January 21, 2021


Ronald D. "Big Foot" Schaffer, age 74, of Quincy and formerly of Galesburg, Illinois, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:50 am in Sunset Home.

Ron was born March 9, 1946 in Hannibal, Missouri, the son of Paul and Thelma Wittkopf Schaffer. He attended St. James Lutheran School and was a 1964 graduate of Quincy Senior High School. During High School he worked at Wareco in West Quincy. Following graduation he began working at Motorola, and began his tool and die apprenticeship there in 1967. He later worked for Master Pattern Company.

Ron moved to Galesburg in 1976 where he worked for O.M.C., Schwartz Brothers, and Whittick Hose Clamp Factory. In 1989 he opened Big Foots Restaurant and Lounge which he operated until 1995. He was then employed at Maytag and Heaton Control until his retirement in 2014.

Ron was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a former member of the North Side Boat Club. He was an avid trap shooter and a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his daughter, Paula Sue (Stephen) Hinds of Quincy; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Malina Hinds; two brothers, Larry and Kevin Schaffer of Quincy; a sister, Evelyn Cermak; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Alex Hinds.

Graveside Service: 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Greenmount Cemetery with Rev. Marlin Rempfer officiating.

Memorials: St. James Lutheran School Memorial donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.


Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 11:00 am
Greenmount Cemetery

1701 S. 12th St.
Quincy, IL 62301

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