July 28, 1940 - May 26, 2012
Online Obituaries for the Utica & Shelby Township, MI. Area
Lowell Edward Schumacher of Shelby Township since 1969, died in Menominee, Wisconsin. He was born in Detroit to Lester Frederick Ferdinand and Francess Annetta (Young) Schumacher. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Schumacher Pulick and her husband, Michael; David Lowell Schumacher and his wife, Krista and grandchildren, Eric Michael & Rachael Pulick and Matthew David & Ryan McCoy Schumacher. Lowell was also survived by his sister, Joan Blake. He was predeceased by his parents.
His family writes of him: "Lowell Edward Schumacher, born July 28, 1940, was a man with a huge heart. He could be identified by his many talents: a skilled tool and die maker, a craftsman of wooden race boats, an avid coin collector, and a man who could fix most anything. Above all, though, he was our father.
Dad was always willing to help. Whether you were his neighbor, his best friend, or his racing opponent, he would give you anything he had. He was a man who would jump out to help you, even if it meant that he didn't get a chance to race. Not many people have a heart that large.
Our dad was a simple man, another trait you don't often find these days. He didn't need "things" to be happy. He found his happiness in nature and in people. He grew up loving the lake and would spend every minute there that he could. As a young man he loved to water ski and throughout his life, the lake was a place where he could go FAST! Dad never slowed down on the water and any day spent at the lake was a great one. At home, he loved his flowering Paulownia tree, the birds on his feeder, and the miraculous "evening primrose" flowers in his yard. Every year we received a call from Dad on the first day that he saw a robin at his feeder. He was always overjoyed for the arrival of spring, but was certain the robins had arrived too early and hoped that they brought their carbide beaks!
Dad found great pleasure spending time with his family. He loved playing games, not for the sake of winning or losing, but for the joy of spending time with those he loved. Cribbage was by far his favorite and every family vacation had a tournament in the works. He relished the simple pleasure of taking our family out for ice cream, especially at Bridgeman's. Dad would spend all year saving money to put in his "ice cream fund" and when vacation rolled around he proudly took us out for ice cream every night. There was nothing better than a Bridgeman's strawberry sundae - Ice Cream Lover's size! When our trips to Bridgeman's in Minnesota ended, he gladly settled in to a new routine of Cherries Jubilee. Indeed, Dad loved the simple things.
Dad's friends were those who could really see and appreciate the man he was on the inside. He cherished his friendships and loved spending time with them at boat races, the Holloway, on "the Big River", Torch Lake, and especially at Hot Boat Weekend!
But the thing that brought our father the most happiness was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He could not be more proud of them and he could not have been a more loving father and grandfather. Our dad didn't live his life for his work. What was most important to him was coming home to his family at the end of the day. We walked in woods, built tree forts, took horsey rides on his back, and all too often fell prey to his tickling. He taught us how to build things and how to fix things and set examples of hard work and the importance of family. Our dad was there for us no matter what we needed and gave us the most important gift we could receive: we knew we were loved, always and unconditionally. That is Dad's legacy. That is the part of him that will carry on with his children and grandchildren.
Some say that you die twice. Once when you stop breathing and the second time when someone says your name for the last time. While Dad is not physically present with us any longer, we can forever cherish the many memories and life lessons he leaves behind; his influence in shaping who we are today keeps his legacy alive in all of us."
Visitation will take place Wednesday from 4 until 8 pm at
Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel
48271 Van Dyke Ave. (South of 22 Mile Road)
Shelby Twp., MI. 48317
Funeral Service will be held Thursday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Deacon Greg Formanczyk of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church presiding.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association
American Heart Association
Visitation: Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel
Service: Gramer Funeral Home, Diener Chapel
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