Charles R. Schumacher

Charles R. Schumacher
Charles R. Schumacher

Charles “Chuck” R. Schumacher, age 74, of Janesville, passed away peacefully to his Heavenly home with his family at his side on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Janesville, following complications due to a stroke. He was born in Janesville on Aug. 10, 1940, the son of Theodore A. and Evelyn (Priest) Schumacher. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Chuck graduated from Janesville High School in 1959, and served in the Army National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He married Karen K. Anderson in First Lutheran Church on July 23, 1960. Chuck had owned and operated various service stations and later worked for JATCO as a car hauler and driver trainer for 30 years before retiring in October of 2001. He was a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Loyal Order of Moose, and the Teamsters Union #579, where he served on the Teamster’s Credit Union Board. He was an avid mechanic, enjoyed restoring old cars, boating, camping, and traveling, especially to Florida in his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Schumacher; 4 children: John (LuAnne) Schumacher, Jodi (Carl) Anderson, Steve (Patty) Schumacher and Paul (Leanna) Schumacher all of Janesville; 10 grandchildren: Katie and Rachel Schumacher, Alexa, Lacy, and Olivia Anderson, Josh Amundson, Jake (Natalie) Amundson, Anne Schumacher, and Cullen and Lauren Schumacher; his twin sister, Charlene (Richard) Deegan of Janesville; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 siblings: Marvel and Robert Schumacher and Carolyn Jenkins.

A Funeral Service in Celebration of His Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH with Rev. Steven Ekblad officiating. Interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, and again at the church on Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Lasting Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Chuck was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather.

We little knew that morning that God would call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, for parts of us went with you. The day He called you home, you did not go alone. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.