A Vietnam veteran and a Burlington, Wisconsin native, Schaefer also was the longtime owner of Ye Olde Hotel, a tavern, restaurant and landmark in the small town of Lyons.
Schaefer was profiled in Walworth County Sunday in April 2016, shortly after his re-election to the Walworth County Board, where he served District 2. In the story, he talked about his service to the board, his restaurant and family: http://www.communityshoppers.com/item/2121-42-years-and-counting-joe-schaefer-continues-family-legacy
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1540 Mill St., Lyons.
Read his obituary: https://secure.funeralhomehosting.com/hla/notices/Joseph-Schaefer