Retired Col. Albert Schumann, USAF died Friday, April 12, 2013 following a lengthy bout with viral meningitis. He was 79.|
Al was born in New Jersey on Aug. 11, 1933 to Walter and Isabella (Ludlow) Schumann, who preceded him in death, as did his only sibling, Robert Arthur Schumann.
He graduated from Rutgers University in 1955 and entered Air Force pilot training, graduating in 1957. He served 26 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force including service in France, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Italy. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals, the Meritorious Service medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Al moved to Williamsburg in 1995. He was an avid amateur astronomer and was able to study and photograph comets Hyakatake and Hale Bopp, which complement his photos of comet Halley, shot in 1985.
He also became active in the Williamsburg Players, where he performed in numerous productions and spent many volunteer hours ushering and manning the concession stand.
Al is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Lynn, of Williamsburg; his three children, Richard Albert Schumann of Williamsburg; Rena E. Lantz of Gold River, Ca.; and Kim L. Fox of Stafford; and his five grandchildren: Sean Fox, Duncan Fox, Molly Fox, Amanda Schumann, and Claire Schumann.
A memorial service will be held in the near future. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com and www.vagazette.com
Published in Virginia Gazette from Apr. 17 to May 16, 2013