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“Joe and I were boyhood friends growing up on Coronado Ave. I was a friend to the entire family. The last time I saw Joe was when we both happened to...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Wass - Winter Springs, FL

“mAccounting would like to offer our condolences to Joe Schaffer for the loss of his father. We also would like to offer our condolences to his...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Kari Fisher - Indianapolis, IN

“As the little sister of Mike Quinn, I saw his group of friends that were so wonderful, all his life. They were funny, intelligent, caring and...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Kathleen Quinn - Cincinnati, OH

“I was first introduced to Mr. Schaffer by my dad when I was just a boy. He seemed bigger than life and I loved to listen to him tell stories about...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: David Leisgang

“We are so very sorry to hear about Mr. Schaffer. Prayers for the entire Schaffer family. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Karen & Doug Powell - Cincinnati, OH

“What a neat guy & Elder classmate. He will be missed by all. May He Rest In Peace. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Pat & Maryanne Bowden - OH

“Barb and family, We are so sorry for your loss.We will miss Joe's big smile and kind heart. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: John and Christina Merritt - OH


SCHAFFER, Joseph L., beloved husband of Barbara A. Schaffer (nee Torbeck) for 53 years. Loving father of Janiene (Stephen) Baker, Joeliene (Mike) Magoto, Joseph P. (Amy), Jason (Sarah) Schaffer. Devoted grandfather of Theo, Bea, Henry, George Baker, Alice, Leo Magoto, Joey, Maggie, John, Carter and Maddox Schaffer. Dear brother of Joan (the late Jack) York, Jerry (Robin) Schaffer and the late Jean Hoelker and Judy Thomas. Brother in law of Bill Hoelker and Dave Thomas. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 79 years of age after a long battle with progressive aphasia.
Joe was born October 14, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Joe and Loretta Schaffer and grew up in Price Hill where he attended St. Teresa Catholic school and then on to Elder High School where he developed lifelong relationships with members of the graduating class of 1955 and the Elder Football team that went undefeated and untied. After Elder Joe was recruited to attend college and play football at the University of Tennessee where he played for four years and became captain of the football team in 1959. After graduation from the University of Tennessee, Joe was the first draft pick ever signed by the Buffalo Bills, the first AFL franchise in 1960 where he played for one year and then was drafted into the Army to serve in the Berlin crisis. After returning from Berlin he met and married the love of his life Barbara Ann Torbeck in 1965 and settled in White Oak. There Joe and his wife Barb raised four children, Janiene, Joeliene, Joe and Jason. Joe worked for his father in the family business, Joseph Schaffer Builders, for ten years. After ... READ MORE →