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James J. “Jim” Schumacher 1937- 2012

POSTED March 26, 2012 3:36 p.m.

RUSSELL — James J. “Jim” Schumacher, 75, of Russell died on March 24 at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on Feb. 28, 1937 in Park, he was the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Stecklein) Schumacher. He grew up and attended the country school near Grainfield. Later, he joined the United States Navy during the post Korean War era. He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Geneva Schmidt on Oct. 7, 1961 in Grinnell. From this union they were blessed with four children Shelly, Tod, Bruce and Brian. Jim was a skilled carpenter and was owner and operator of Schumacher Construction for many years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and working on the computer.  Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Schumacher was a longtime member of the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6240 of Russell and was past president of the Kansas Builders Association. 
Survivors include his wife Geneva of the home; daughter Shelly Depiesse and husband Ed of Lakin; three sons, Tod Schumacher and wife Linda of Raleigh, N.C., Bruce Schumacher and wife JoLana of La Junta, Colo., and Brian Schumacher and wife Jodi of Great Bend; sister, Marge Depperschmidt of Hill City; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Ralph, Eddie, Richard, Herbert, Gilbert, Hubert, and Roman; and six sisters, Dorinda, Louella, Agnes, Patricia, Mary and Darlene.
A celebration of the Mass for Jim will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Russell, with Father Charles Steier officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. The vigil and rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the VFW Post  6240 of Russell. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church or the Heartland Cancer Center of Great Bend and sent in care of the mortuary. 

Funeral arrangements provided by
Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary*
610 N. Maple
Russell, KS 67665
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, March 27, 2012


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