John Schiffer: 1945-2014
John Chadron Schiffer was born on Aug. 17, 1945 in Fort Robinson, Neb., to Ken and Bay Schiffer, where his father was stationed as a cavalryman during World War II. The family soon moved to Kaycee by way of Sheridan, Wyo., for the rest of John’s life.
After receiving an economics degree, John joined the US Navy serving two tours in Vietnam as the commanding officer of a river patrol boat in the de-militarized zone. From this, he was awarded many honors, among them, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Naval Bronze Star. He married Nancy in 1971 and they returned to the Hat Ranch. Later they moved to the 48 Ranch east of Kaycee where he lived with his family until his death.
John served on the Johnson County School Board during the 1980’s, and was on the board for the Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center. Governor Sullivan appointed him to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council on which he served as Chairman for several years. From1996 through 2010, he was on the board of the Nature Conservancy. For over a decade, he served on the board of the First Northern Bank in Buffalo, Wyo.
In 1992, John was selected by the Johnson and Sheridan County Commissioners to serve out the unfinished term of State Senator Bob Trent. This was the beginning of a 20+ year political career, in which John’s strong sense of honesty, fairness and profound love for the State of Wyoming was recognized by his colleagues who elected him as President of the Senate 2007 and 2008 among many other leadership positions. His was an exemplary legislative career. Along with his interests in education and mental health, John was a leader in the areas of assistance for active duty military soldiers, veterans and their families. John loved the arts, and was an advocate for libraries, and kids everywhere. Many Johnson Country 4-H and FFA kids remember how he calmed their nerves just before entering the arena. He was an avid team roper and frequent judge in the county fair, always enjoyed a good ranch horse.
John is survived by his wife Nancy; his son Ben and wife Laci of Buffalo, his daughter Wynne from Minneapolis, Minn.; his mother Bay, sister Amanda Kaufmann; and brothers: Kendy, Tony, Dan and Tim Schiffer. The whole family was blessed by the presence of his grandsons Eli Michael and Trell James Schiffer.
Donations may be made to the John Schiffer Foundation, the proceeds of which will be donated to several local charities. Send donations to the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Condolences may be left at http://www.harnessfuneralhome.com.