Joe Schumacher

Joe Schumacher age 83 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Avera Sacred Heart Majestic Bluffs in Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton, NE.  Visitation will be on Sunday, at church, from 3-6:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 5:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Monday one hour prior to services.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.

Pallbearers will be Logan Schumacher, Cole Schumacher, Travis Schumacher, Taylor Schumacher, Tanner Schumacher, Evan Hegge, Dayton Schumacher, Matt Schumacher, and Nash Schumacher.  Honorary pallbearers will be Joe’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe was born on April 19, 1938 in Crofton Nebraska to Vince and Neva (Sawatzke) Schumacher on the family farm south of Crofton.  After he graduated from Crofton Public High School in 1956, he joined the US Army National Guard. On Feb 3rd, 1959 Joe married Geraldine Kaiser from St Helena. They raised 7 boys and 3 girls on that farm.

Joe and Gerri moved to Crofton 10 years ago. He enjoyed playing card games like Sheephead and Pitch as well as various card games with his grandkids. Joe looked forward to driving his 620 John Deere tractor in the Tri-State Old Iron Association rides.  But most of all, he enjoyed farming more than life itself. In fact, Joe was recently quoted as saying “I’ve never missed harvesting, but it looks like I’m going to this year.”

Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and The Tri-State Old Iron Association.

Joe is survived by his wife, Gerri of Crofton; ten children Dan of Crofton, Larry (Deb) of St. Helena, Duane (Luann) of Bloomfield, Pam (Steve) Hegge of Dell Rapids, SD, Rob (Melonie) of Sioux Falls, SD, Tim (Cindy) of Orland Park, IL, Randy (Morgan) of Milwaukie, OR,  Jill Sinica of Lincoln, Dave of Crofton, Leah (Ryan) Robb of Scotland, SD; 26 grandchildren and one on the way; 18 great grandchildren and three on the way; and his sister Vicki Schumacher of Crofton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister- Terry Sudbeck; and three infant siblings Carol, Gordon and Ralph.

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10 response to "Joe Schumacher"

  1. By: Jeff & Cindy Amundson & Family Posted: October 1, 2021

    We had a enjoyable conversation with Joe about a month ago at our Grandson Kolters birthday party .He will be missed. With sympathy Jeff Cindy and Family

  2. By: Anita Gentrup Posted: October 2, 2021

    Duane and Luann so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear one always difficult always missed God bless and keep you wrapped in his arms. Anita E Gentrup

  3. By: Anita Gentrup Posted: October 2, 2021

    Duane and Luann so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear one always difficult always missed

  4. By: Rev.Michael D Schmitz Posted: October 3, 2021

    I wish my deepest sympathy on the loss of Joe. He was a great person and I will remember him and family in my prayers.

  5. By: Victor Sinica Jr. Posted: October 3, 2021

    My Condolences To All of the Families & My Deepest Sympathy on the passing of Joe Schumacher. He was a Great Man, Hard Worker & Loved to Farm..!!

  6. By: Kristi & Tom Nemmers Posted: October 3, 2021

    Deepest sympathies to the Schumacher family. Travis, Michelle, Rob, Pam and Steve and all of your families our prayers are with you.

  7. By: Michael and Kathy Bauer Posted: October 3, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss of Joe. Hugs and prayers from AZ.

  8. By: Laverta Mauch Posted: October 4, 2021

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Joe. He will always be remembered as a good neighbor who loved to play cards and laugh. May he rest in peace and May God bless you with the grace and strength to deal with the grief,

  9. By: Heather Hegge Posted: October 5, 2021

    Gerri and Family,
    As always, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Joe was a wonderful man, husband, dad, grandfather, father, amongst so many other titles in which he held (it would take way too long to list all of his titles). I will miss his wit and sarcastic humor, but most of all I will miss seeing how he loved each one of you in his special little way! His love was so obvious as he looked at his kids and grandkids! I feel very honored being around for so many special moments of your family’s lives and Joe will always be like my second father! Know that he will always be with you. I know he I looking down on you all and smiling! He was a proud man and his spirit will live on through all of you! My love, prayers, and thanks for being such a wonderful family!

  10. By: Tony Simons Posted: October 5, 2021

    My deep & sincere condolences to Gerri & the entire Schumacher Family. My thoughts & prayers are with you in this difficult time. Joe was a great guy with a big heart. My God give you his blessing.

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