Richard Allen Schumacher, 85
Published 9:56 am Saturday, March 23, 2019
Richard Allen Schumacher, 85, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at St. Mark’s Living in Austin.
Richard was born on March 12, 1934, in Austin, the son of Lawrence and Mathilda (Kerling) Schumacher. He grew up in Austin and attended St. Columbus Catholic School, graduating in 1952. Following high school, Richard enlisted into the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 19, 1952, serving four years in active duty and six years as a reservist. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 18, 1956. On Nov. 3, 1956, Richard was united in marriage to Ruth Stroh in Bonner, Montana. After their marriage they made their home in Helena, Montana, where Richard worked in the court house. The couple then moved to Missoula, Montana, where he graded lumber. In the 1960s, Richard and Ruth took up residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked for a casting company. Later they moved to Austin, where Richard worked at the veteran’s service office and finished his career at Hormel. Richard served on St. Mary’s church board. Known as the “candy man” at St. Mary’s, he provided the kids candy and rolls for the adults every Sunday. He was a life member of VFW Post 1216, serving as its commander, American Legion Post 91, and the DAV. Richard “loved” the lottery and enjoyed baseball; he played semi-pro in his younger years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Richard is survived by his children, Mark (Dianne) Schumacher of Savage, Minnesota, Calvin (Amy) Schumacher of Elko New Market, Minnesota, Karl (Allamay) Schumacher of Savage, Christina (Michael) Kanne of Austin, Edward Schumacher of San Antonio, Texas, Margaret (Bruce) Grover of Austin and Melissa (Paul) Jacoby of St. James, Minnesota; special friend, Vera Armburst of Austin; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one on the way; brothers, Roland (Barb) Schumacher of Austin, Ralph (Kathy) Schumacher of Rosemount, Minnesota, and Robert (Donna) Schumacher of Farmington, Minnesota; and sister, Delores Norring of Shakopee, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mathilda Schumacher; wife, Ruth Schumacher, in 2007; and brother-in-law, Norm Norring.
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A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Newry Township, Minnesota, with Father Thomas Niehaus officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, with a rosary service to follow at 7 p.m., and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newry Township. Memorials can be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.