Rodney “Rod” Schaeffer passed away January 17, 2014, in Palos Heights, IL, with his family by his side. Rod was a longtime resident of Frankfort, IL, from 1969 until his death. He was the husband of Marlene (nee Johnson) for 51 years; the father of Rebecca Henderson (Andrew) and Kristin Hoppesch, and the grandfather of Alex and Isabelle Henderson. Rod was born in Marengo in 1937, to Anna and Melvin Schaeffer. He served in the United States Army and was a graduate of NIU and Antioch College. He worked as a science teacher at Hillcrest High School and Moraine Valley Community College. Rod had a deep concern for environmental causes. He traveled extensively during summers and after retirement, having a special fondness for the American West. He was the brother of Joan Motley (Roy), Terry Schaeffer (Mary), and Jennifer Sullivan. A memorial service will be held on April 26th, at Gerardi Funeral Home, Lincoln Hwy at 95th Ave. (1 block east of LaGrange Rd. on Rt. 30) Frankfort, IL. For Funeral information 815-469-2144 or 708-754-2114.