Gene Schumacher (W8VMW), 84, of Fremont passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Valley View Health Campus.
He was born on November 21, 1937, to the late Frederick and Laura (Engel) Schumacher in Toledo and was one of four children.
Gene graduated from Lake High School in 1955 before attending the Valparaiso Technical Institute. He retired from New Departure as an electrician and worked for H&R Block. Gene also worked as an instructor at Terra State Community College and Vanguard Career Center.
On June 21, 1958, Gene married his first love, Norma Sigler, and shared 41 years together before her passing on August 4, 1999.
Gene was described as “An epitome of service to his community” and he lived to help others. He showed this by serving on the Fremont Ministerial Association where he strived to bring churches together. He served as Deacon of Fremont First Brethren Church, and much of his life was spent advocating for youth while volunteering his time with CASA and the Optimist Club. He was a spearhead creator of the Prudent Parent Standard, which gives normalcy to children in the foster care system. Gene was also an officer with the Women of Grace, and a member of the Sandusky and Fremont HAM Radio Clubs. He and Norma were also proud foster parents in Sandusky County for 27 years.
Left to cherish his memory are his children; Cynthia (Wally) Clink, Donald (Elizabeth) Schumacher, Micah (Kelly) Schumacher, Rebecca (Robert) Watson, Hope (Dave) Sheidler, and Faith (Jacob) Stiltner; special daughters, Jamie Spiegel and Mary Wood; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and sister, Grace Drown.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma; granddaughter, Dinah; and sisters, Arlene McCollum and Eunice Blue.
A time of visitation will be held from 4:30-8:00 PM on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Crematory, Fremont. Services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at New Hope Vineyard Church 2507 Hayes Avenue Fremont, OH 43420 at 11:00 AM, with an hour of visitation prior to services. Burial will follow at Lake Township Cemetery.
Memorial Donations in Gene's name may be made to Fremont First Brethren Church or CASA of Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties.