Reverend Robert John Schaff went home to be with the Lord after succumbing to Parkinson’s Disease on January 3, 2021. Robert was born in Gaylord, KS in 1932. He graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and subsequently from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA. Robert served the Lord faithfully as pastor for 42 years in Cook, NE, Gothenburg, NE, and finally at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, NE. He received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Midland University and Dana College. Over the years, Robert provided guidance and leadership for Midland University, Dana College, Martin Luther Home, Dollars for Scholars, Habitat for Humanity, the Stephen Center and Project Hope.
Robert was a humble servant who dedicated his life to the service of others by following the teachings of Jesus Christ. He was always there for anyone who needed him, whether it was to provide a listening ear, biblical guidance, or to help his children with projects around the house (sometimes in a suit and tie). Robert touched the lives of all who met him and made everyone feel special and loved. He loved the church, his family, attending estate sales and flea markets and spending his winters in Florida with Ruth after he retired. Most of all, he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. One of his best witnesses was his unwavering faith after a spinal cord injury in 2011; he always said he was blessed no matter the circumstances.
Robert was the beloved husband of Ruth Schaff for 64 years; loving father to Stephanie (Tom) Christiansen, Tim (Cheryl) Schaff, and Tom (Kris) Schaff; grandfather to Danielle, Stephen, Emily, Hannah, Grace, Sam and Sarah; great grandfather to Elijah. He is also survived by a brother, Charles (Sharon) Schaff, a sister Marlene (Jim) Bruning, and sisters-in-law Charmaine (Lyman) Kellstedt and Marcia (Jerry) Dodson.
Robert donated his body to the Nebraska Anatomical Board for medical education and scientific research. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 2617 S 114th St, Omaha, NE 68144. The service may be viewed online at: https://youtu. be/R8smDcUOmBg
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Lutheran Church of the Master.