Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Garden Room at Reiman Gardens with Ed Ruppert officiating. Burial will be in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Denis was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Buffalo Center, Iowa to Louis and Tillie (Steinberg) Schaefer. He graduated from Simpson College with a B.A. in Business Administration. He went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Denis was employed by Lutheran Social Services and spent the majority of his career as the Director of Beloit in Ames. He married Sue Ann Mason June 10, 1962, in Pleasantville, Iowa. Denis enjoyed the outdoors and the beauty of nature. Gardening, fishing and family were all very dear to him.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of Ames; two children: David (Laura) Schaefer of Spencer and Emily Schaefer of Wahpeton; two grandchildren: Tyler and Tanner; and several nieces and nephews and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jane Madson and Kay Ihns; and brother, Max.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Israel Family Hospice House.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.