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Lawrence W. “Larry” Schumaker

April 10, 2015

Lawrence W. “Larry” Schumaker, 83, died Friday, April 10, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.

He was born November 1, 1931 at St. Marys, the son of Lawrence N. and Cecilia M. Hesse Schumaker. Larry was a lifelong St. Marys resident graduating high school in 1950.

Mr. Schumaker retired in 1991 with 42 years of service having served in the U.S. Army and the Kansas Army National Guard. He served in the Korean War and also Desert Storm. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a life member
of Knights of Columbus Council N0. 657 both in St. Marys. He was a member of Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion in Rossville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathy M. Brinkman on October 21, 1991; brothers, William, Eugene and James Schumaker; sisters, Lucille Connell and Elizabeth Michaelis.

On July 24, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Martinek at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Teresa (Paul) McClure and Mary Beth (Pat) Rafferty all of St. Marys and Jeanette (Ken) Scribner, Kansas City, MO; three brothers, Lorain Schumaker, Topeka, Raymond Schumaker, Fullerton, CA. and Robert Schumaker. Topeka; two sisters, Mary Wehner, Colorado Springs, CO. and Catherine Wilson, East Jordan, MI; seven grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.

Mr. Schumaker will lie in state after 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Piper Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until the Rosary at 7:00P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Step Project and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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15 thoughts on “Lawrence W. “Larry” Schumaker

  1. Dear Aunt Mary, I only now learned of Uncle Larry’s passing and I wanted to say how sorry I am. I may not have as many memories as others, but they are all wonderful. He was always kind, hospitable, funny and I could tell how much he loved his family. I was proud of the fact that my uncle was in the National Guard. I wish I could have thanked him for his service. You, Theresa, Mary Beth & Jeanette have my deepest sympathy.
    Love, Sheree

  2. To the family of Lawrence W. Schumaker,
    I’m very sorry about the loss of your loved one. I wanted to share the scriptural hope that has given me so much comfort. I hope it will help you also. The Bible shows that God did not intend for humans to suffer, grow old and die. (Romans 5:12). It also calls death an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26). God promises to remove death forever. (Isaiah 25:8). He also promises to soon restore the earth and humans to his original purpose for them. Then he will resurrect our loved ones onto a cleansed, paradise earth where we can welcome them back. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:10,11,29). Please visit jw.org to find satisfying answers from the Bible, free of charge. I truly am sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Susan Novak

  3. Mary and girls, I’m so sorry to hear about Larry. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers and may God wrap His arms around you all and give you comfort.

  4. Larry & I knew each other thru the Kansas National Guard when he ran the UTES in Ft. Riley. He was a good friend, teacher. I was the BN Motor SGT of the 127FA BN. Larry always fair, & friendly. He will be MISSED by a lot of People.

  5. So very sorry for the loss of Larry. So glad I called Larry week ago Sunday, I had a very nice visit with him. Mary, you stay in touch….If we can be of any help, just call us…Larry will be missed by many. So glad we have got to know you folks…Take Care….Delbert / Jan

  6. Mary and family, I was so sorry to hear of Larrys passing. Seems I just saw him walking the school parking lot… He always had a smile and wave.. Please accept my sincere sympathy..I will keep all of you in my prayers.. Sincerely, Deannie

  7. Mary, Teresa, Mary Beth, Jeanette & families,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are ALL in my thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time & I will keep ALL of you in them for some time to come. ((HUGS)) & Love to you ALL!

  8. Mary Beth and Family,

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was a super nice guy.

    Take Care.

    Dale and Shelly Rezac and family

  9. To all of Larry’s family, I offer my sincere condolences. I am proud to have known him. When I was young boy he used to kid me every chance he got.

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