Gary L. Schumacher
Gary Lynn Schumacher, passed into
eternal life on December 19, 2019 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac,
WI. Gary spent the last ten months fighting against MDS, a form of bone
marrow cancer, and faced his diagnosis with courage, determination, and always
in good humor.
Gary was born July 15, 1948 to
Herman and LaVerne (Volkman) Schumacher in Oshkosh, WI. Gary graduated
Oshkosh High School in 1966 and was drafted into the Unites States Marine Core
and served in Vietnam from 1968-1970.
On July 30, 1970, Gary married
his Sweetheart, Kerry (Dobbins) Schumacher. Through forty-nine years of
marriage together they provided the location and the fun for many family
memories and traditions. Gary will forever be remembered for his Fourth
of July fireworks display, throwing friends and family off the pier, and his
“world famous guacamole”.
Gary was a committed and
involved Community Member; Gary served the Van Dyne Volunteer Fire Department,
Van Dyne Lions Club and Sportsman Club. Gary was also a faithful and
dedicated member to their church both at Zion Lutheran Church in Van Dyne and
later to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Eldorado, WI.
Gary enjoyed spending time
with family most of all, one of his great joys was hunting in Colorado with
family and friends. This was also the same for Ashland which he would
make several trips a year for Bear Camp and the fall Whitetail hunt. He especially
loved the breaded mushrooms that would be prepared at the local Northwoods
Gary also enjoyed boating all over
the Lake Winnebago system for most of his life, this was clearly evident by the
amount of boat purchases he made over the last three decades! These
memories will be cherished by his family and friends.
Gary is survived by his wife,
Kerry Schumacher and their two children Garth (Amanda) Schumacher and Shelly
(Scott) Ketelhut. Papa Gary will be dearly missed by his five Grandchildren:
Kane, Lucy and Hudson Schumacher and Max and Zachary Ketelhut.
Gary is also survived, and
memories of many shenanigans are held, by his surviving six siblings:
Gregory (Nancy) Schumacher; Elkins, WV, LaNette Weinkauf; Littleton, CO, Donna
(Dick) Crawford; Racine, WI, Rod (Debbie) Schumacher; Richmond, MN, Randy
(Kara) Schumacher; Colorado Springs, CO, Laird Schumacher and special friend,
Nancy; Oshkosh, WI. As well as, the Schumacher family has been blessed
with countless nieces, nephews and cousins to mention here, and all have held a
special place in Gary’s life.
Gary was welcomed into eternal
life by his parent’s, Herman and LaVerne Schumacher, niece Tabatha Crawford,
brother-in-law Rick Weinkauf and other family and friends that welcomed him to
his place in Heaven.
A celebration of a life well
lived will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, N7987 Town Line Rd,
Eldorado, WI, 54932 on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 11:00 AM. Military
graveside honors will immediately follow the service at the church with a light
lunch to follow.
The family asks that instead of
flowers Memorials be made in Gary’s Honor to one of the following
Organizations: Van Dyne Fire Department, N9515
Van Dyne Rd, Van Dyne, WI 54979 Van Dyne
Lions Club, PO Box 74, Van Dyne, WI, 54979, Van Dyne Sportsman’s Club 584 E Lone Elm Rd, Van Dyne, WI 54979 or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, N7987 Town Lind Rd,
Eldorado, WI, 54932.
Dad, it is not Good-Bye, it is
See ya’ Later Alligator!
information and guestbook can be found at ueckerwitt.com