David Wilson Schumaker, 93, of Mechanicsville, departed this life on Monday, January 21, 2013. Born at Penlan, in Buckingham County, Virginia, on May 15, 1919, he was the son of the late Charlie Walker Shumaker and Cora Belle Raikes Shumaker; and was the step-son of the late Hallie Ballowe Shumaker. David W. Schumaker was predeceased by brothers, Lacy Nicholas Schumaker, Lewis Paul Schumaker, Clarence Edward Shumaker, and Frank Ellsworth Schumaker; sisters, Ruby Lee Saunders, Ruth Belle Matthews and Mildred Louise Ransone. Colonel Schumaker is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, the former Mary Love Lewis; three children, Catherine Sue Tyler of Richmond, Virginia and James O. Jr, Donna Kay Mercer and Robert of Van Nuys, California, and David Wilson Schumaker Jr. and Lynn of Herndon, Virginia; six grandchildren, Julia Tyler Boltz and Zach of Chester, Virginia, Debra Tyler Dartez and David of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Kate Schumaker and Paul, of Blacksburg, Virginia, Christopher David Schumaker of Herndon, Virginia, Whitney Paige Mercer of Chicago, Illinois, and Devon Calais Mercer of Santa Cruz, California; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charlie Walker Schumaker Jr. of Victoria, Virginia. David Schumaker was a retired Colonel, United States Marine Corps, having served over a period of 25 years including World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam. Colonel Schumaker graduated from the University of Virginia with a BCE in June 1942; and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MS M. in 1961. He served in the Pacific theater as a Bomb Disposal Officer from June 23, 1943 until October 13, 1945, and took an active part in the campaigns of Bougainville, Guam, and Okinawa. He was awarded the Bronze Star with combat V for action on Guam; he was qualified to wear the Asiatic Defense Medal with four stars; Presidential Unit Citation; American Defense Medal; Korean Defense medal, Korean Medal; and the Cold War Certificate. In retirement, Dave and Mary Love traveled the country in their Air Stream trailer and were active members of the Wally Byam Caravanners Club International for 36 years. He was a long-time member of the Lions' Club having served as president of the Scottsville club; was a Lay Speaker in the Pawling Avenue Methodist Church in Troy, New York, and the Springfield Methodist Church in Springfield, Virginia, and in various capacities on the boards of the Scottsville United Methodist Church. Dave will be remembered by many for his passion to make and repair items large and small, and to solve problems, both because he loved a challenge and because he cared deeply about people and making life better for those around him. He was a strong and loving support to his family and an inspiration to many. He will be missed. A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Covenant Woods, 7090 Covenant Woods Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Interment will be private at the National Cemetery at Quantico. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Woods Fund, 7090 Covenant Woods Drive, Mechanicsville, VA 23111, or the building fund of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1088 , Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.