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Longtime AP newsman Ed Schafer dies

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio


Ed Schafer, who spent 27 years covering the St. Louis region and eastern Missouri for The Associated Press, has died.

Schafer died Tuesday of a heart attack, his wife, Loretta, said. He was 71.

Schafer was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He joined the Navy as a teenager and served for four years in the late 1950s. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, he went to work for the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph. He later worked as a copy editor for the Wall Street Journal office in suburban St. Louis, in public relations, and for a Sporting News business publication before joining AP in 1972.

He retired from AP in 1999.

Schafer was an avid golfer who made his first hole-in-one last month.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete. Schafer is survived by his wife and one sister.


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