Charles H. Schumacher

Jun 13, 2017


10:00 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 W 4th Street, Waterloo


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, June 16 at Locke Funeral Home


Garden of Memories Cemetery


Directed to Western Ave. Gospel Hall, 726 Western Ave., Waterloo, IA 50702


Charles H. Schumacher, 84, of Waterloo, IA and formerly of Evansdale, IA died at Ravenwood Specialty Care on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Charles Henry Schumacher was born January 16, 1933 in Frederika Township, a mile north of Tripoli, IA, the son of William F. and Sophia W. Plagens Schumacher. 

He married Laurale Van Fleet on September 4, 1954 in Waterloo; she preceded him in death on November 7, 2000.
He worked at Rath Packing Co. for 30 years until its closing in 1983; he then worked as a delivery driver for Control-O-Fax, retiring in 1996.

Charles had been a member of Western Avenue Gospel Hall since 1958.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen (Sophie) Schumacher of Brattleboro, VT and William (Gregory DeMoss) Schumacher of Des Moines, IA; and his special companion, Edith Geerdes of Monticello, IA

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laurale; a sister Jean M. Schumacher; and a brother Paul W. Schumacher

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  1. Glenyce Bolte | Jun 17, 2017

    So sorry to read about Charles.  You boys probably don't remember me but I was one of the Hartman girls.  When Charles and his Mother moved to Tripoli in 1945 my folks rented the farm 1 mile North of Tripoli.  I went to school with your Dad.  Later got married and my husband and I built the new house beside Minnies, where Frosts live now.  Remember the 2 little boys that would come to visit their Grandma.  My folks lived on the farm until they retired and moved to town in 1961.  Charles and Edith came to a lot of our family functions, special birthdays and anniversaries.  Sorry for your loss.

    Glenyce Bolte

  2. Mary Murphy Geerdes | Jun 16, 2017

    With much sympathy.  Charlie was a very fine person, and we are privileged to have known him.  We very much enjoyed his visits to Iowa City with Edith over the years. Oftentimes, they brought produce from their gardening endeavors, which we appreciated and enjoyed.

    He was always very nice about attending Grandparents' Day with Edith at our children's school, and our children enjoyed having him be there. I remember he enjoyed seeing Gina Kline's father Everett Bergmann there also.  He knew a lot of people and was always good to visit with.

    Charlie always spoke very highly of his wife and his sons. We are very sorry for your loss.

  3. Barbara and Wayne Collins | Jun 15, 2017

    Bill and Greg: Our condolences on the passing of your Dad, Bill.  Wayne and I have found the following Eskimo Legend to be a help when we've lost loved ones; hopefully it will help you also.

           "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,

            But rather openings where

            our loved ones shine down

            to let us know they are happy."

    Blessings,  Wayne and Barbara

  4. Gina kline | Jun 14, 2017

    Our condolences to all. Charlie wss a good friend to my Dad, Everett Bergmann. My Dad always had fond memories of Charlie. They worked together at Rath and both grew up in Frederika. We will miss him. 

    Kent, Gina and Peyton Kline

  5. joseph meany | Jun 14, 2017
    Our condolences to Charles' family and friends. We became acquainted through Edith. What a gentleman and man of faith. He always asked about my father, his Rath colleague. My wife enjoed visiting him at Ravenhood a few times last year. May your faith and fond memories comfort everyone in the days ahead.
  6. Rick Hibben | Jun 14, 2017

    I just want to say what a pleasure it was to know Charles. I spent several years on the Hardship and Grievance Committee in Evansdale when I was a councilman.

    Even though he was sick or the weather was bad, I could always count on him to show up. 

    There were several times that he second guessed whether or not he wanted to stay on the committee, but I could always convince him to stay because he brought so much to the table.

    Thank you for sharing him with our community and he will truly be missed.

    Rick Hibben

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