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Keyron Robert ‘Ken’ Schumacher

November 9, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Keyron Robert "Ken" Schumacher, died at his home in Perry, on October 28, 2018 at the age of 77.

Ken was born on November 15, 1940 in Emmetsburg. In his teen years, his sister Theresa and her husband Leonard Buryanek welcomed him into their home in Westfield. Ken graduated from Westfield High School in 1961 and joined the National Guard. While working as an assistant manager for National Foods, he met Linda Beth Korver in Orange City. They were married August 20, 1966 and their lives were blessed with three children.

Throughout his life he had careers in grocery, newspaper, advertising, photography, bowling alley and theater management, vending and delivering papers with his son and grandson. Ken's retirement job was with Home Instead where he was a compassionate caregiver to "Shorty" Connolly of Granger, extending the time that "Shorty" was able to remain at home. Ken developed a close relationship with the Connolly family.

In Ken's free time, he enjoyed being with his grandchildren, having coffee with friends, fishing trips, the Iowa Hawkeyes, gardening, bird feeding and cooking. In earlier days, he worked with stained glass and enjoyed antiquing.

In the 1970s, Ken was active as a Boy Scout Leader and achieved membership in the Order of the Arrow, a scouting honor society.

At the end of Ken's life, his wife Linda lovingly cared for him at home. Ken was preceded in death by his parents Leonard Henry Schumacher and Mary Catherine Bradley, his brothers Michael Schumacher, Eugene Schumacher, and Leonard Schumacher, sisters Elizabeth Olson and her husband Ray, Mary Meissner and her husband Joe, Connie Seliga and Edna O'Connor and her husband Eddie; his brother-in-law and father figure Leonard Buryanek, and Doc Weinzetl. Ken's memory will be cherished by his wife Linda, daughters Stephanie Stewart (Scott) of Solon, and Melanie Schumacher of Perry, son Shannon Schumacher (Robin) of Salisbury, N.C., and foster son Joseph Hook (Dodie) of Akron, who joined the Schumacher family when he was 15 and Ken's loving grandchildren Whitney Schumacher, Rachel Stewart, Kyle Stewart, Elizabeth Wildes, Taya Schumacher, Brennan Carrillo, Lucas Schumacher, and great -grandson Joseph Keyron Wildes. Ken is also survived by his sisters, his twin Karen Zylstra (Sid) of Emmetsburg, Alice Weinzetl of Emmetsburg, and Theresa Buryanek of Westfield, and many special nieces and nephews.

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