James Edward Schumacher died on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. He was 77 years, 4 months and 13 days old.
He was born on March 30, 1942, the first of nine children to Ed and Lucille Schumacher on a farm near Monticello High School. He grew up with farming and love of family and animals in his blood.
He had an artistic talent and after graduating from Monticello in 1960, he moved to Minneapolis to seek a career at the Campbell-Mithun Advertising Agency, It wasn’t long before farming called him back home where his dad, along with his brother Tom, rented a dairy farm, known as the “Skippy” farm near Buffalo.
On June 13, 1964, he was united in marriage to Arlene Neft. This loving union of 55 years brought them four daughters and one son.
After many years and many different farms, he and his wife purchased their own dairy farm in Ogilvie in 1984.
He was a wonderful dairy herdsman and developed and nurtured one of the top dairy herds in Kanabec County, which he sold to his son Jimmy in 2010. He continued farming with him until his death.
His family was his number one priority, which included his siblings, Patty, Tommy, Judy (Jerry), Danny (Marge), Debbie (Ketzel), Marylou (Bill) and Bobby (Karen). He loved his RFD channel, old country music and reading.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lucille; baby sister, Therese; brother, Tom; and nephews, Jonathon and Curtis.
He is survived by wife, Arlene; daughters, Anne Bright, Laura Rimbey, Julia (Jerry) Miedema, and Amy (Mike) Milbradt; son, James (Jenny) Schumacher; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating.
Arrangements provided by Dresser-Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.