Schaefer was longtime county board member, restaurant owner

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CSI Media Staff | January 13, 2017

When Joe Schaefer  of Lyons was re-elected as a Walworth County Board supervisor  April 5, he earned the distinction of the longest continuous-serving board member in the county's history at 42 years.

Schaefer, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the St. Luke Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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:

Read his obituary:

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