-- — Edward J. Schumacher, 90, Batesville, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at his home.
Born Oct. 30, 1921, in Batesville, he was the son of Mary (Suding) and Edward B. Schumacher.
He married Arvilla Stevens May 17, 1943, in St. Joseph, Mo., while in the Air Force during World War II, before being sent overseas. John was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 and a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He spent 76 years selling cars and horse trailers in addition to breeding and selling horses.
His daughters said, “Dad had three passions in life.” In order, they were horses, tractors and cars. His love for horses was widely known, and he spent most of his adult life working with children involved in 4-H so he could pass on his knowledge and help others discover the joy of being around horses. His purchase of the quarter horse Poker Player began a decades- long breeding and raising operation, which over time would involve his daughters as well. At its death, that beloved horse was buried on the family farm along with all its records.
After the war, John became a partner in the Jobst and Schumacher car dealership on the corner of State Road 46 and Huntersville Road. And although he preferred Chevys, he did have a De Soto dealership back in the day.
Over time he added horse trailers to the business, and in the mid-1960s he sold the car business to one of his employees and opened up Six Pine Ranch Trailer Sales, where he maintained one of the nation’s largest inventories. His family explained, “He was a natural salesman. It began in school where he would trade pocketknives for one thing or another.” While he didn’t watch much TV, he was a huge fan of Western movies, especially John Wayne and Clint Eastwood films.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Victoria Creeger, Batesville, Sherry Ertel, Sunman, and Kris Lindemann, Kim Oblinger, Mary Jon McCaig and Amy Gallo, Batesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters Ethel and Loretta Werner.
Visitation is Tuesday, July 31, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Summers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the VFW and American Legion posts.
The family requests memorials to Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital or Batesville EMS 10.