The biggest crash in the state’s history was more than a week ago.
But the friends and family of the young man who died in the I-41 pile-up are still coping with his loss.
Andrew Schefelker was a teacher, mentor and overall a likable guy.
“He just loved kids, you could just see it,” says Peace Lutheran Church youth leader Rob Ertl. “Anytime he had something he could share with them he would.”
He was more than involved in the community.
He was an eagle scout and volunteered with the boy scouts.
He went on several mission trips and was a youth group leader.
And he had just recently found another calling.
“Interesting enough he was pursuing, on that ill-fated Sunday, he was pursuing as to how he could join the adult choir,” says Peace Lutheran pastor Ricky Schroeder. “Little did we know that he would be joining the heavenly choir.”
And now the people he served are honoring him.
“What is most difficult is the suddenness, the shock and ministering to a family that has already had a funeral out in Centralia and now this here,” says Schroeder. “I’m just really pleased to see how many people are gathering for the sake of supporting the family.”
A life well lived now gone, but not forgotten.
“He’s going to be missed I think with the youth especially,” says Ertl. “His first year they were just starting to really get to know him and then the good Lord decides to take him from us.”
Schefelker’s funeral service was last Friday, March 1, 2019.
He was laid to rest in his hometownCentraliaa, Illinois.