Weldon D. Schumacher, M.D., was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 4,1936 and passed away in Lodi on December 13, 2018. Weldon was a prominent physician, cherry grower and member of the Lodi community for many years.
Weldon graduated from Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University School of Medicine. After doing graduate work he practiced in Glendale, California until 1966 at which time he was drafted into the United States Army. The Army deployed him to Vietnam where, as a Captain, he was responsible for the immediate acute care of casualties off of the battle fields for which he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1968, he and his wife, Joanne, moved to Lodi where he established his practice of family medicine.
While in private practice, Dr. Schumacher was active in the local medical organizations including memberships in San Joaquin Medical Society, California Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American Association of Family Practice. He served as a member and Chairman of the board of directors and Chief of Staff of Lodi Community Hospital; he was an active leader in the expansion and modernization of the hospital.
Weldon and his wife were active members of the English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist church in Lodi where he served in a variety of capacities including the church board and chairman of the fundraising committee. Weldon was a founder and supporter of the Lodi Education Endowment Foundation.
Over the years Weldon was an active member of the Lodi community including memberships and services to the Community Concert Association, Lodi Executive Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding director and served as vice Chairman for Bank of Lodi and First Financial Bancorp.
Weldon was preceded in death by his loving wife Joanne and is survived by his daughter Cindy Lou Laughlin, granddaughter Kelsi Ward and grandson Brian Laughlin.
In remembrance of Dr. Schumacher, donations to the Lodi Education Endowment Foundation, Post Office Box 272 Lodi, California 95241-0272 are requested.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 1-4 pm at Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, 14165 N. Beckman Rd, Lodi, CA. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2pm at English Oaks Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1260 W. Century Blvd, Lodi, CA 95240. Interment will be private at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi. Please sign the guestbook online at www.cherokeememorial.com.