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Herb Schaper

New Ulm


Aug 7, 2019











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Herb Schaper------New Ulm**o

Herb’s love of baseball began as a young boy in the 1940’s chasing foul balls and hawking ice cream bars at New Ulm’s historic Johnson Park.  While not particularly talented on the ball diamond, he found other ways during his lifetime to be involved and greatly impact Minnesota amateur baseball and the New Ulm community.

As a high school senior in 1949, Herb began a sports journalism career that would evolve into a profession as a newspaper editor, publisher and eventual owner of Master Graphics which he sold to Glen Taylor upon retirement.

Herb was responsible for the promotion of two of the most successful state amateur baseball tournaments which were hosted by New Ulm in 1953 and 1958.  During those years, he spearheaded the collection and organization of state amateur baseball records and biographies.  When the MBA Hall of Fame began seeking a permanent home, Herb made a concerted effort to bring it to New Ulm. Although unsuccessful, he continued to contribute to their efforts for many years as a statistician and biographer.

Herb served as President and board member of the New Ulm Baseball Association, Great West League, River Valley League, and was President of the Great Western Minny Sportswriters/Broadcasters Organization.  He also served as a strategic planning coordinator for the National Small College Athletic Association.

Locally, Herb was instrumental in founding the New Ulm Baseball Hall of Fame and the New Ulm Club which honors local high school athletes every year.  He also held board and leadership positions in the Brown County Agricultural Society, Brown County 4-H, Chamber of Commerce, New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm Area Foundation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School.

Herb was recognized as a veteran with the Minnesota National Guard Public Service Medal.

Herb’s family will argue that he never quite retired because he recreated his business office in an outbuilding at his home, referring to it as the “Tree House.”  From there, he entered the digital age establishing the New Ulm Sports Central website in which he catalogued 81 years of amateur sports statistics, photographs, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. Herb passed away on August 7, 2019 at the age of 87.


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New Ulm Video Tribute to Herb Schaper


Herb Schaper, 87, of New Ulm

August 7th, 2019 at the Oak Hills Living Center. He was surrounded by his loving family and holding the hand of the greatest earthly caretaker, his wife Dorothy, at the time of his death.
A private burial will take place at a later date in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors will be provided at church by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard. 

Herb is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dorothy Schaper of New Ulm; sons, Blake (Patti) Schaper of New Ulm, Blair Schaper of New Berlin, Wisconsin, Brad (Laura) Schaper of Onalaska, Wisconsin; grandchildren. Aaron, Connor and Addison Schaper; and also nephews and niece, Lance Kuester, Randy Melzer, Steven Melzer, Jason Wegner and Jodi Wegner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Rolland Schaper; his in-laws, Herman and Emma Schapekahm-Franke and Walter Franke; and by a granddaughter, Lauren Schaper.
Born on December 18, 1931 to Otto and Lean (Seute) Schaper, Herb was baptized and confirmed At St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm where he was a lifetime member. Herb married Dorothy Schapekahm of New Ulm on September 18th, 1954 and was blessed with three sons, Blake, Blair and Brad.
Herb had a love of the New Ulm community that inspired a lifelong passion to serve. This driving energy produced a history of community service found in baseball, the church, military, community projects, and so much more. He had an unwavering goal that everything must be first class, be done right and achieve the very best possible results. Herb was the founder, owner, CEO of Master Graphics of Minnesota until the time of his retirement in 1994.

In lieu of flowers, gifts and memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School Building Fund, New Ulm Baseball Association (Johnson Park) and the Minnesota Military Foundation.
To God be the Glory!

NEW ULM Herb Schaper VIDEO-



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  Military Service: ----National Guard-- Korea  
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