Colson Marion Schaefer

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March 23, 2001 - April 20, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Colson Marion Schaefer, of O’Fallon, MO, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the age of 18. Beloved son of Ronald "Parker" Parks Schaefer, Jr. and Lisa (Tommy) Johnson; dear brother of Eloise Schaefer; step-brother of Tiffany (Joe) Morrow, Cody Johnson, and Luke Johnson; cherished grandson of Leo and Stephanie Darrow, Linda and Richard Sylvanovich; and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Colson was a senior at St. Dominic’s High School and was scheduled to head to Missouri State University after graduation. Colson loved the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed fantasy sports. He loved his family and was loved and adored by his family. Colson was an extremely special person in the lives of all who knew him and will be dearly missed by all.

Memorials to St. Dominic’s High School or St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Gene and Mary Jo Garofalo April 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    candle 6Our hearts are heavy for our neighbors, Leo and Stephanie, for the loss of their precious grandson. Praying for our Lord to give peace and comfort to Lisa and all the family.

  2. Pat & Doug Baker April 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    candle 5Leo & Stephanie, we know how much you loved your grandson Colson and you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know you will keep those loving and happy memories of him in your hearts forever. We will say some special prayers for you, Lisa and all of the family during this heartbreaking time.

  3. Susan McClintock April 22, 2019 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Lisa,there are no words to describe the sadness I feel for you and Tommy. It was obvious how much you adored your beloved Colson. I will never forget that handsome face and how proud you were to show his picture.I will be praying extra hard for you to get through the coming days facing this tremendous loss.Know that you have many friends that love you and are willing to help.

  4. Dave Beckering April 22, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    candle 7Lisa and Tommy, my sincere condolences on your loss. I am so sorry that you lost a child. Only those who have gone through this can understand the pain you are going through. All I can offer is that the pain will never totally go away, but in time you will be able to remember all the great things about your child.

  5. Peggy Ann Fender April 22, 2019 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    candle 7Stephanie and Butch and Lisa and family:
    My words cannot express what my heart is feeling. You are all in my prayers! May our Lord wrap his loving arms around you all and carry you through this difficult time. 🙏💜🙏💜

  6. Leslie Pierski and Claudia Wallace April 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    candle 6My daughter, Claudia, was a classmate of Colson’s at St. Pats. She always said how he was such a kind person. We are so very devastated and sorry that this has happened. Hugs and Prayers to all of you.

  7. Mary, Scott and the family April 22, 2019 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    candle 3We love you all so much and are heart broken along side you. Colson was such a sweet, sweet guy with a beautiful easy smile. We will miss him!

  8. Karen Horack April 22, 2019 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Colson was a classmate of my son Noah at St. Patrick and a student of mine. He had such a beautiful soul and was one of the sweetest boys I ever had the pleasure to meet. Your family is being held close in prayer by our family.

  9. Jim & Karen Bryner April 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Our hearts ache for your family. Our prayers are with you all.

  10. Pamela Palitzsch April 22, 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    candle 8So very sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Colson was a wonderful kid. I enjoyed teaching him at St. Patrick’s.

  11. Valerie Akers April 22, 2019 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    candle 3We are so saddened by your loss! Katie and Zach were classmates of his at St. Pat’s. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time!

  12. Doug and Trina Barks April 22, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Our hearts ache for you for the tremendous loss of Colson, a fine young man, son, grandson and brother. We are at a loss for words. Bless you and your family.

  13. Patricia Partl April 22, 2019 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    candle 1Lisa, I’m at a loss for words, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and sorry this happen. Hugs to you

  14. Christine Eckert April 22, 2019 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    candle 7Colson always impressed me in the way he lived out his faith. I never heard one unkind word from him. I will always remember his loving heart and beautiful smile.

  15. Darla Strecker April 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Colson was an adored member of the Class of 2019 at St. Dominic High School. A teenager well beyond his years in kindness, sincerity and devotion to those he loved. It was an honor to know him! I am deeply saddened for the loss to his family, our St. Dominic family, and the world because we need more people like him!

  16. Janet Platz April 22, 2019 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    candle 7There is no greater loss than that of a child. My heart is broken for your entire family. All thoughts and prayers for your comfort and support.

  17. Nancy & Robb Jeffrey April 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    candle 3Lisa and Parker, No words can express our sorrow for your loss. We cannot begin to imagine the depth of your heart ache and emptiness. Lisa, you have so many of us friends that will be with you at a moment’s notice, so please let us be there for you during times of need through these next years.

  18. Mary Pat Dade April 22, 2019 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    candle 7My thoughts and prayers are with your family! My heart is breaking for you all! Praying for comfort at this time.

  19. Susan Young April 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    candle 8Garrett and Gavin always thought of Colson as a good friend. The boys were shocked to hear the news of his passing. He will be remembered in the fondest thoughts. And will truly be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The Youngs

  20. Susan Young April 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    candle 8Garrett and Gavin consider Colson a good friend since St Patrick and would see him at St Dominic. They were devastated hearing about his untimely passing. He will be remembered as kind person he was. He and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. The Young Family

  21. Sharie Shy April 22, 2019 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    He was the most outstanding, intelligent, handsome, and charismatic young man I’ve ever met! He had the hypnotic charm of his truly amazing Mother, and stunning good looks of both of his parents!
    My heart doesn’t accept such an incredible loss, and it is truly broken for your entire family! This tragic loss is simply an angel called home! I love Lisa, ❤️your friend always. Sharie Shy❤️

    • The Lamb Family April 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      The comments of Colson sound like he was an amazing young man. We are members of the St Dominic community and while we didn’t know him personally, know our hearts break for your family. You will be in our prayers.

  22. Theresa, Kaitlyn, and Ralph Reynolds April 22, 2019 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    There are no words to describe the pain that you must be experiencing right now. Colson was one of the kindest and most sincere young man that we ever had the privilege of knowing! We will be praying for the soul of Colson and you, his family, for strength and healing.

  23. Natalie Miller April 22, 2019 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    candle 5Our daughter Rylie Miller went to St. Patrick with Colson. She said he was one of the nicest people she’d ever met. We’ll be holding your family in prayer.

  24. The Kerns Family April 22, 2019 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Lisa you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. It’s so hard to lose such a young vibrant person, and harder to understand why. I pray that the support of family, friends and your faith will help you this this difficult time. Peace be with you.

    • Kathy and Derek Dunmire April 23, 2019 at 12:24 am - Reply

      candle 6Although I never had the pleasure of getting to know Colson, I’m certain that he was as kind, caring, and loving as you you Lisa. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. Frank & CraigMcColloch April 22, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Lisa and Tom—Just don’t have the words. No one should have the agony of burying one of their children. The few times I met Colson I new he was special. Especially when he won 2nd place in the NCAA basketball tourney I sponsored a few years back. I think he was either a freshman or sophomore. After that I new why you bragged so much about him, and rightly so. Talk to you soon and if you need any thing taken care of PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE to call me. Our prayers are with Colson, yourselves,your families and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

  26. Jo Ann White April 22, 2019 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Jerry and I are so sorry for your terrible loss of Colson your wonderful grandson.Prayers for all.Jerry and Jo Ann

  27. Nicholas Bone April 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    candle 2I had the pleasure of eating lunch at school everyday with Colson. You’d think that after awhile you’d hear something negative come out of his mouth, but it never did. He always radiated positivity, and while he was quiet, his sense of humor was sneaky and hilarious. I am honored to have called Colson my friend, my prayers go out for the repose of his soul and for his family. He was an excellent young man, a reflection of a great family. So thank you for Colson he was the kindest and gentlest soul. God Bless

  28. Delia Carmona April 23, 2019 at 12:41 am - Reply

    candle 7To Colson’s family my condolences. All of you are in my prayers

  29. Wade Johnson April 23, 2019 at 6:57 am - Reply

    We’re members of the St. Dominic community but haven’t met. We are praying for you and are terribly sorry.

    Wade Johnson and Family

  30. The Love Family April 23, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

    candle 5Rest in Peace Colson and know that you will never be forgotten. Nothing is harder than saying good-bye to someone you love; especially at such a young age. May you find comfort in your memories. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with Colson’s family during this difficult time. Rachael remembers how kind Colson was to everyone, they went to school together at St. Patrick

  31. Mary J Shelley April 23, 2019 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Lisa, it is with a heavy heart that I am thinking of you and the great loss of your beloved son. I can not imagine the empty feeling you have in your heart. I know he was loved by many as I read about him. He was so full of life and energy. Please know you are in my prayers, I pray for your strength.

  32. Lueck Family April 23, 2019 at 8:51 am - Reply

    candle 8We are very saddened by your loss and your family is in our prayers. Colson was an amazing young man who was always positive and upbeat. We are thankful that Austin and him were such great friends.

  33. Rob Reilly April 23, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

    candle 8Colson was a great kid. In our cub scout den never once in all the years did Colson not listen or act up like the other boys. Always polite, behaved and a sweet kid. Our family is so very sorry to hear of Colson’s passing. Benjamin never gets worked up about anything but he was very upset to hear this news. Our whole family is better for knowing Colson. He was fine young man. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Reilly Family.

  34. Ellsworth and Patti Brown April 23, 2019 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Steph, Butch and Lisa
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you and your families deal with this difficult time.
    Ellsworth and Patti

  35. Jeri Madison April 23, 2019 at 10:53 am - Reply

    candle 7Leo and Stephanie – Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. – Jeri and Ken Madison

  36. JenJen Hazelbaker April 23, 2019 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Our prayers and sincere condolences to Colson and his entire family. His sudden death left us with heavy hearts.He was truly a very good classmate of my daughter Jenika in St.Patrick,very pleasant and respectful. As a parent, I can’t imagine the pain the family is going through losing a child esp.this young age.Colson we would never forget you and how much you have touched the lives of so many around you.I’m keeping you Colson and your family in my heart and in my prayers.May His Perpetual light shine on you and may you rest in peace.Lisa and family,please know Colson is now in heaven with our Lord.

  37. Jacob Jones April 23, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    candle 8My heart goes to Colson and his family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  38. The Sullivan Family April 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    candle 1We are a St. Dominic family and we are truly sorry for this enormous loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the strength and love of our sovereign Lord carry you during this most difficult time.

  39. Nancy Prost April 23, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    candle 1Lisa, Tom and Ellie, We are so heart broken. Colson was blessed to have you all and you were blessed to have him for 18 years. Some day you will be reunited, but until then, he will be your guardian angel. We don’t know why God called him home, it doesn’t seem fair. Colson was such a loving, caring, smart and handsome young man who had so much to give this world. He will be so missed. Love you all. The Prost

  40. Josh Willenbrink April 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    candle 2Colson was an amazing young man. His kind heart and strength to endure all of the health struggles he had is inspiring. With all that he had going on he never once complained. The world would be a much better place if each day we all could try to be a little bit more like Colson. I was blessed to be able to attend St. Dominic with him these last 4 years. Many prayers for his soul and his family during this time of sadness.

  41. The Messer Family April 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    My family did not know Colson but we are praying for strength and peace for his family and the St. Dominic family who are grieving this loss of life.

  42. Greg, Mo and Gracie Rackers April 23, 2019 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    We are a St. Dominic family and so sorry for your loss. Reading all these beautiful comments is a true testament to the character of Colson. We are praying for your family and the St. Dominic community.

  43. Mark, Sharon & Grace Hill April 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    candle 6We are a St. Dominic family. While we did not know your son personally, reading these lovely sentiments about him give a glimpse of who he was. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers. May he Rest in Perfect Peace.

  44. David Heiligenstein April 24, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

    So very sorry for your loss. It is very obvious that Colson is loved by so many. Our prayers are with Colson, his family and his friends.

  45. Katie Burris April 24, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I had the honor of working with Colson for some test prep. He was a sweet, kind, and very intelligent young man. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his friends and family.

  46. Shelley Howerton April 24, 2019 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    candle 3Prayers to the family

  47. Dorise Beck April 24, 2019 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    candle 3God Bless! I am saddened by this loss. You now have an AMAZING ANGEL watching over you!

  48. Norm & Ruth Hunter April 24, 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    candle 3Our heartfelt condolences to our neighbors, Leo and Stephanie on the loss of their grandson Colson. Love and Prayers to the entire family.

  49. Dominic Meyer April 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Peace be with you . St Joe & CBC Friends

    • Nancy & Wallace Hendry April 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Parker, Linda & Richard,
      The entire Knowlton-Hendry family send you our love and our prayers – that someday you will find comfort in knowing you were a special part of Colson’s life, and that he is smiling from heaven knowing how much you admired & loved him! ❤️️

  50. Casey Falkengren April 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about your son. The pride in your voice when you talk about him speaks volumes on how
    much you love him and were proud of him. My heart is with you buddy. Lemme know if you need
    anything at all.

  51. Jim and Kitty Kelley April 25, 2019 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    We are sure its comforting to hear all the wonderful comments from people who knew your son. We were so saddened to hear he passed and how deeply you loved him goes without saying. Our thoughts and prayers for peace go out to you and your family.

  52. Michelle Howdeshell April 25, 2019 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    candle 8We are a St. Dominic family and are so very sorry for your loss. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers for you. We wish you so much love and peace as you are healing. We will be praying for you every day.

    Blessings and Peace of Christ, Mark, Michelle, Wade and Christopher Howdeshell

  53. Mary Ann Fuegner April 25, 2019 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    As a mother of a senior I offer my prayers and heartfelt sympathy for the great loss of your beautiful son. May Jesus and Mary be with you and your family during this time. The Fuegner Family SDHS

  54. Cynthia Hernandez April 26, 2019 at 8:44 am - Reply

    candle 7I am deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God’s love and strength be with you all.

  55. Jenika Hazelbaker April 26, 2019 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Colson has always been so kind, and I have been blessed to know him since grade school. I will be praying for you all.

  56. Quin Zak April 26, 2019 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    candle 3I never really knew Colson, but at my time at St. Pats I got a chance to talk to him a few times and he was one of the nicest kids out there. I enjoyed talking to him about the Cardinals or sports in general. He is in my thoughts or prayers.

  57. Quin Zak April 26, 2019 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    candle 3Although I never really knew Colson, I always enjoyed talking to him about the Cardinals or sports in general. During my time at St Pats I could easily tell he was one of the nicest kids out there. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  58. The Pickens family April 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    candle 3We are a St. Dominic family sending our prayers to Colson, his family and friends! So very sorry for your loss!

  59. Jennifer Gierhart April 26, 2019 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    candle 2Tom, Lisa and Ellie,
    I remember one of the first times I got the pleasure to meet Colson. We were down at the lake. Ellie and Colson were very little. Ellie got upset and we didn’t know why. Colson, being the big protective older brother, went to comfort her. Right away we asked why Ellie was upset? Colson, wise beyond his years, told us it was because all of us “big kids” were hanging out and she felt left out. Right then I knew this kid was very special and had the biggest heart of anyone I knew. Colson was a blessing to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He will be deeply missed but will always be your protector!

  60. Michelle Rosner April 26, 2019 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    candle 3Our deepest prayers for your family during this heartbreaking time. Our son, Marc was a class mate of Colson’s and had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. May mother Mary ease your pain and may Colson’s kindness live on through those who knew him. Hugs and prayers from The Rosners and your St. Dominic Family.

  61. maria fernandez May 3, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

    dear Coleson, I miss you so much I will miss your funny and when you have been loved my heart goes out to you and your family i miss you and love you i wish you where here

  62. Earl Nuesse May 13, 2019 at 1:40 am - Reply

    My heart is extremely heavy to hear of the passing of Colson. Having angels myself the loss of a child is extremely heart breaking. Your angel and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless

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