Jan. 29, 1920 - Jan. 31, 2014
Edward Shumaker passed away peacefully at his home in Woodland, with family by his side on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Ed was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Gentry, Ark., to Harvey and Stella (Moser) Shumaker. His family moved to Idaho, Oregon and California, where Ed graduated from Woodland High School in 1939. He attended Sacramento Junior College, studying forestry and law enforcement, until the U.S. entered WWII. Ed joined the Navy and trained to be a combat photographer.
While stationed in Washington, D.C., Ed met his future wife, Blanche Winogracka. They married on June 2, 1943, in Port Hueneme. After the war, the couple built a home in Woodland, using funds from the GI Bill.
Ed was an active member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He donated many hours of his labor and carpentry skills to the church and Holy Rosary Academy. Ed joined the Yolo County Sheriff's Office in 1946. He was the deputy responsible for photography and fingerprinting during criminal investigations. In 1957, Ed joined the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Criminal Identifications and Investigations in Sacramento. Ed retired from that office in 1977.
Ed spent many years in happy retirement, working at the church, fishing, backpacking, camping, woodworking and traveling the country with Blanche.
After Blanche died in 2009, Ed managed to "hold down the fort" in the house he built 67 years earlier. The children that Ed and Blanche raised in that home survive them: Edwina, Judy, Mary, Claire, Stanley, Robert, Janet, Kathleen and Christine; along with 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Viewing is scheduled for 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Kraft Bros. Mortuary, 175 Second St., Woodland, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, at 10:30 a.m., Thursday. Feb. 6. Burial will take place following the Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, 860 West St., Woodland.