Ernest N. Schaper, 85, passed away peacefully at his home on August 20, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley Lane Schaper. Born in State Center, Iowa on July 10, 1933, Ernie was the son of the late Vernon and Gertrude Miller Schaper. He grew up on the farm in Iowa before becoming a Merchant Marine and later joining the United States Coast Guard, serving in the Korean War. Ernie was a Mason as well as a member of the Meriden Turner Society. Ernie is survived by his sons Mark E. Schaper and his wife Nadia of Charlestown, SC, and Eric L. Schaper and his wife Kathryn of San Angelo, TX; grandchildren Alicia Shackett, Veronica Lehamn, Zack Sheppard, Rebecca Sheppard, and Jessica Forsyth; brothers Martin R. Schaper and his wife Katherine of Fairview, TN, and Byron Schaper and his wife Linda Morassini Schaper of State Center, Iowa. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ernie's family on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00AM at Beecher and Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. His funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 11:00AM. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. To share a condolence with Ernie's family, please visit

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  1. Ernie was a great friend and I felt he was my second dad. Anytime I needed to get an answere about baseball he was always there for me. He knew all the dealers at the sports card shows and was a great friend to all. God bless you ernie and God bless your entire family. I’ll miss you always and you are always in my prayers.

  2. Ernie was one of a kind. I reme,ber he used to visit my Dad and Uncle at Rinaldi’s Sport store back in the old days and he and my uncle Dinny ( who Ernie always called Vinny) used argue over baseball for hours. In the last few years he would come in to where I work (Prentis Printing) to have copies made and he would always have some kind of a story. I will miss seeing him. He always reminded me of the old days in Meriden. R.I.P. Ernie!

  3. Rest in peace Ernie i remember ernie coming into rhe sports store to pick up supplies and share some uconn womens basketball stories. He will be missed

  4. Ernie was a staple of the Platt football team and did so much work behind the scenes. He was very much appreciated for the time he spent during the seven years my boys played football…and for the time spent talking after my boys graduated from Platt when I would run into him at the store. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  5. the ole hawkeye was an inspirational american whose warmth, honesty, love of family, concern for his fellow man and generosity are legendary on the west side of town. he will certainly be missed. may he rest in peace…

    ed grady

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