Jonathan Henry Schafer, 59, of Signal Mountain, died in Signal Mountain, TN on August 18, 2020 when his motorcycle went off the road and down into a rocky creek bed. Jonathan was born and raised in Vermillion, SD. He has also lived in California, Washington DC, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. Jonathan earned degrees in Law, practicing as a patent attorney; Electrical Engineering; and a Doctorate in Medicine, specializing in Family Medicine. He was an avid reader with a passion for learning as much as possible about history. He delighted in reading about various wars and biographies about historical leaders. Jonathan was an outstanding athlete, who enjoyed running, swimming, hiking, and road biking. Also, he loved riding his motorcycle and the freedom it gave him. He loved just being out in nature. He was passionate about singing and would practice at home singing to the music he selected on his computer. Then we would go out and he would sing the songs to me at Karaoke. We ended up at some of the most interesting places just so he could sing. The beach was his happy place where he could relax and unwind. He had a great appreciation for art and architecture. With a very curious and analytical mind, he was constantly learning new skills. He would put those skills to use whether it was rebuilding a carburetor or remodeling the house. Jonathan was so vibrant, positive, and full of life. He truly embraced life with enthusiasm and touched so many lives. Jonathan is preceded in death by his father, Henry Gerald “Jerry” and brother, Charles. He is survived by his wife, Victoria; five children: Gabriella, Anna, Kevin, Erik, and Ashlyn; mother, Donna; three sisters: Mary (Jeff), Cathy (Tom), and Cindy (Dennis); and one sister-in-law, Cynthia; seven nephews: Rory (Kelly), Reece, Tanner (Kailey), Heath, Tim (Nina), Seth, Henry; six nieces: Trisha (Andy), Ashley (Chris), Emma (Matt), Sophie (Moises), Madeline, and Lillie; and 12 grand nieces and nephews. Arrangements are entrusted to Lane Funeral Home Chattanooga Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415, lanefh.com (423) 877-3524.
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