Edward Philippe Schaeffer, 59, of Kansas City, MO. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 28, 2017 after bravely fighting cancer for thirteen months. He was born in Kansas City on April 25, 1958 to Barbara (Krug) Schaeffer and Robert F. Schaeffer. He grew up in Kansas City, graduated from Park Hill High School, and attended UMKC and Maple Woods and Penn Valley Community Colleges. As a young person, he worked for several car dealerships in Kansas City, and after a brief stint in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, returned to the metro area in the early 80s to purchase Northtown Skelly Service and transform it into Northtown Auto Clinic in North Kansas City, MO. In addition to being an ASE-master certified mechanic and running his business, Ed served in industry leadership positions for the KC Automotive Service Association; sat on advisory boards for automotive technology programs for the Ft. Osage and North Kansas City School Districts, and mentored and consulted for and with repair shop owners and mechanics across KC.
In 1989, Eddy married Karla Briner, and together they raised two children, Anna and Alex. Over 28 years, the family also included a cat and five dogs. Ed enjoyed race car driving, sailing, attending fine arts programs, and spending time with family. He always had a home-improvement project going, and he learned to appreciate sports and dogs, especially his two black pugs, Lexus and Sophie, raised from puppyhood. Family and friends can attest how Ed was always there for them in a crisis and how the Superman T-shirt and socks he wore to treatments at KU Med over the past year were appropriate attire. He will be greatly missed.
Eddy is survived by his wife Karla; children Anna (Bohn) and her husband Sebastian, and Alex; mother Barbara Schaeffer; sister Jeanne Schaeffer Goslin and her children Amelia, Andrew, and Daniel; Evie Ausen; mother-in-law Sharon Briner; sister-in-law Kristen Wipperman and her husband Gary; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Robert F. Schaeffer; maternal grandparents George and Mae Krug; and father-in-law K.D. Briner. He also leaves behind many beloved friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 2nd from 4:30-6 pm, with a short memorial service to follow immediately at six o’clock, at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Parkville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Community Hospice, https://catholiccharitiesks.org/hospice/ or the animal rescue organization Adopt Don’t Shop KC, www.adoptdontshopkc.com. Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.