LAKE HAMILTON- Mr. Scott Schumaker, a former two-term mayor of Lake Hamilton and owner of Lake Hamilton Transportation Inc., died Wednesday, August 8th of a heart attack. He was 58.
Born in Kissimmee on May 14, 1954 to Mildred and Leo Schumaker, he attended schools there and graduated from high school in 1972, where he was amused to be named "Mr. Osceola High School."
At the University of Florida, Mr. Schumaker majored in criminology, with intentions to become a lawyer. Instead, he went into business, working for Oscar Meyer Corp and other packers before establishing his own freight transportation business 30 years ago. Though successful in business, Mr. Schumaker was most interested in being remembered for his honorable dealings with others, love of wife and family, and devotion to his faith.
For more than 15 years, he led a weekly session of Promise Keepers, the organization dedicated to strengthening family ties and Christian values. While a resident of Lake Hamilton, he was a volunteer fireman as well as mayor.
Married to the former Shannon Hunt in 1979, the couple raised two children, Samuel and Sally. An enthusiastic Bull Gator who rarely missed a game, Mr. Schumaker also coached little league football and baseball and made sure the family took annual vacations because he thought it was important for his children to see the world and expand their knowledge.
An avid reader with a curious mind, Mr. Schumaker loved politics, history, and American classical literature. He also knew the lyrics to hundreds of songs, from rock to soul to Christian music.
His friends knew him as a modest man who didn't want his many acts of generosity acknowledged. His co-workers remember a man with a strong work ethic tempered by great personal warmth. His truckers saw a man who would defend and support them. His business associates could count on his word being his bond. But his family knew him as their rock.
Mr. Schumaker was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his wife, Shannon; his son, Samuel; his daughter, Sally; his brother, Mark Schumaker and his mother, Mildred Pierson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday August 15th at First Presbyterian Church in Haines City.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Winter Haven Christian School Building Fund or the UF Endowment Fund.
Published in Ledger on Aug. 12, 2012