POLSON – Edmund “Eddie” John Schumacher, 97, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, of natural causes at his home in Polson.
He was born in Circle on July 10, 1916. His family moved to Polson in the summer of 1925 with his six siblings. In his younger years he worked as the boiler fireman on the last Klondike on Flathead Lake.
He played guitar for many dances where he meet his wife, Grace Hoosier, whom he married on April 3, 1936, in Shelby, celebrating 77 years of marriage on April 3, 2013.
He was drafted with the first Army draft out of Lake County, serving in the artillery in the South Pacific Islands until receiving his honorable discharge in 1945.He worked in the lumber industry until his retirement. He loved fishing, hunting and playing music at the family cabin on the Little Thompson River.
Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maggie Schumacher; four brothers and four sisters, Richard, Norbert, Tony, Frank, Ella, Irene, Evelyn and Lavina ; two grandchildren, Beverly Gregory and Donald White. Eddie is survived by his wife, Grace; daughters, Denise White (LeRoy) of Rathdrum Idaho, Donna Peterson (Dean) of Whitefish; grandchildren, Cecil Fowler (Wendy), Mike Anderson (Tracy), Clark Davis (Amber) and Eric White; great-grandchildren, Zach White, Ryan Gregory, Isabelle and Tyler Anderson, Cody Fowler, Ruby and Eddie Davis; many nieces and nephews and his wonderful companion kitty “Poosie.”
A special thanks to Lisa’s cardiac rehab, the Elks family members, Susan and her wonderful hospice staff. The family wishes to thank so many dear friends who have helped comfort Mom and Dad throughout Dad’s lingering illness. You are all very special friends. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Mission Valley Humane Society 36251 N. Reservoir Road, Polson, MT 59860.
A memorial and celebration of Eddie’s life will be held in the spring of 2014. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com.