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George Davis Schumacher 1918 - 2012

POSTED January 21, 2012 2:12 p.m.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — George Davis Schumacher, 93, died peacefully on Jan. 19. He was born July 26, 1918, in Lyons, to George and Ethel Davis Schumacher.

George, a long-time resident of Great Bend, Kansas, was the founder and CEO of Great Bend Manufacturing Company from 1962-1993. He lived a long and rich life, respected as an elder in the Presbyterian Church and as a participant in many community activities such as Rotary, Elks, American Legion, and Masonic Lodge. Of his many accomplishments, George was president of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association from 1979-80, a Great Bend city councilman, and an active supporter of his beloved Kansas State University. He was a WWII veteran and served stateside.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Alice; daughter Martha Ann and husband Meir Shillor; son Douglas Schumacher and wife Ellen, his granddaughter Sara Schumacher and grandson Andrew Schumacher and wife Heather; daughter Peggy Schumacher; brother Clifford Schumacher and wife Patsy.

A memorial service is planned to honor the life of George at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville, Arkansas at 10 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

He will be buried in the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark., under the direction of Moore’s Chapel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to First United Presbyterian Church, 695 E. Calvin Street, Fayetteville, AR 72703.

Online condolences may be offered at


Funeral arrangements provided by

Moore’s Funeral Chapel**

206 W. Center St.

Fayetteville, AR 72701

(479) 442-7314

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 22, 2012


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