VAUGHNSVILLE — Cletus Martin Schumacher 93, passed peacefully on October 11, 2021, at the Schumacher home place in rural Columbus Grove, where he lived out all his days. He was born there on April 14, 1928, to Joseph and Veronica (Martin) Schumacher. They both preceded him in death.
On August 21, 1953, he married the loving Betty Lou Ramsey, who survives near Vaughnsville.
Martin raised a close-knit family. He is survived by his daughters: Joyce (Sid) Case of Beaverton, MI, Denise (Dana Davis) Schumacher of Cincinnati and Joni (Edward) Schroeder of Columbus Grove; daughter in-law: Nancy (Mark) Schumacher-Chow of Athens; eight grandchildren: Sidney (Megan) Case, Ryan (Tara) Case, Jayme (Chase Albright) Schumacher, Jennifer (Brett Poydence) Schumacher, Deborah (Brady) Brennan, Molly Chow, Brice Schroeder and Parker (Naomi) Schroeder; seven great grandchildren; along with his sisters in-law: Bonnie Schumacher, Shirley Johnston and Helen Lewis.
Martin was the youngest of nine children; he was preceded in death by four brothers, Gilbert, Norbert, Vincent and Alvin Schumacher; four sisters, Alberta Goudy, Salome "Sally" Ladden, Donelda Smith and Margaret Smith; his only son, Jeff Schumacher in 1989 and his grandson Nicholas Schroeder in 2016.
Martin was a graduate and proud alumnus of Vaughnsville High School, class of 1946. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving 18 months in Korea, returning home in 1952. He was a member of the American Legion Post 516, and the VFW Post 9648, both of Columbus Grove.
Both Martin and his brother, Alvie farmed together for many years before turning operations over to the next generation on what is now an Ohio Century family farm in Putnam County. He was a member of the Sugar Creek Farm Bureau. He spent his working career of 42 years as a freight train conductor on the railroad for CSX. He loved to get together at the monthly breakfast with his fellow RR retirees.
Martin had a love of community; he was a member of the Vaughnsville Community Church and served as President of the Vaughnsville Community Center. He was a supporter of Crime Victim Services, and helped himself and others heal through his involvement with Parents of Murdered Children and Compassionate Friends.
He spent his vacations making memories with family camping and water skiing on Crooked Lake. Martin and Betty spent many wonderful years in retirement including winters in Lake Panasoffkee, FL, where many good times were had in the sunshine fishing and enjoying time with family and friends.
Martin is now safe in the hands of his Lord; "Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee, how great thou art!"
Services will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, where Pastor Tom Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove, where military rites will be conducted by the combined Color Guard of the Columbus Grove American Legion and VFW.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., prior to the service on Thursday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffrey B. Schumacher Memorial Fund at Crime Victim Services of Putnam County or the Vaughnsville Community Church.
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