John Harold Shumaker, 66, passed away from a long and courageous battle with cancer. John was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Ephraim Harold Shumaker and Blanche Lena Shumaker. He is survived by his wife, Carol Shumaker (Mercer); his children: James (Connie) Shumaker, Sheila (Don) Oster, Becky (Tom) Hammitt, Jenny (Fred) Romero, and Debbie Mercer. John is also survived by ten grandchildren: Zachary Shumaker, Ashleigh (William) Boden, Alecia Romero, Jonathan Hammitt, Ezekiel Romero, AJ Hutchenson, TJ Hammitt, and Jacob Hammitt. John also had one great-grandchild: Aleena Boden. He will be greatly missed by his family and extensive network group of friends and acquaintances. After graduating in 1965 from Newman High school in Sterling, IL, he joined the Army. He served one tour in Vietnam. After his tour in Vietnam, he was stationed at Fort Carson, where he served out the remainder of contract with the Army. After he completed his time with the Army, he joined the Colorado Springs Fire Department. His career with the Fire Department lasted over forty-two years. He began as an entry-level fire fighter, quickly worked his way up to an Engineer (driver), and then he flourished in his most significant role as an Arson Investigator. He was in this position for over 22 years. He finished out his career as a Code Enforcement officer; he did this as a civilian employee for the Fire Department for the last seven years of his career. He was an avid reader, and he endeavored to truly understand the Bible. He was a published author of two books on this subject; "The Mystery of the Alpha and Omega," and the second book is titled "The Strategy of Spiritual Warfare Exposed." He was very active in his church, attending several times per week. A memorial service will take place July 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Mountain Springs Church, 7345 Adventure Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80923.
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Published in The Gazette from July 6 to July 7, 2013