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Melvin Schumaker, 1936-2019

=A memorial service for Melvin William Schumaker will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Kiester.

Melvin Schumaker

Melvin Schumaker was born April 30, 1936, to William and Milla (Brandt) Schumaker. He grew up and attended school in Wells.

On Aug. 31, 1963, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Akemann. He worked as a forklift operator for Land O’Lakes.

Mevin was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Kiester, where he served as an usher. He also volunteered as a ticket taker at the Blue Earth County Fair. Melvin was a member of the bowling league in Wells. His hobbies included gardening, “Melvinizing” — taking something and making it useful, and having coffee and visiting in downtown Kiester or at the Kiester school. Melvin also enjoyed watching his sons play sports in school, as well as watching the Vikings, Twins and Minnesota Gophers on TV.

Melvin passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, having lived to the age of 83.

Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis; sons Scott (Brenda), Daniel (Julie), Mark (Stacia) and Jason (Sarah); grandchildren Brittany, Garrett, Caleb, Jordan, Lindsay, Morgan, Zack, Ashley, Jaden, Landon, Brody and Logan; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Helen Gaines, Esther Haugen, Frieda (Carroll) Gullford and Gladys (Allen) Borkowski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son, Todd Schumaker; parents; sisters Lillian Kahler and Eleanor Hahn; and brothers-in-law Lester Kahler and Alvin Haugen.