Gerald J. Schumacher


A little over 80 years ago a gentle, kind, caring, loving giant was born to Elsie (Shettley) and Benjamin Schumacher. Gerald Schumacher along with his three brothers Dennis, Bob, and Ron played along the salt flats of North Dakota attending the Farm School where Gerald would grow up and meet his first love Loretta and they would have 3 beautiful children: Carla, Arlyn and Joel. He would then meet his forever love, Sue Braun where they would spend 35 years together in Fargo ND and Detroit Lakes MN adding two more spouses to their children, Arlen Truitt married to Carla and Katie Schumacher married to Arlyn Schumacher and 4 wonderful Grandchildren Zac, LaTonya and Danielle Truitt and Toby Schumacher.

Gerald and Sue enjoyed traveling and camping and searching for treasures. Gerald could find a poor battered piece of what many would refer as junk and extrapolate the copper and any other salvageable parts and repurpose the rest. Clean up week was like Christmas to Gerald. Gerald also made wire wrap jewelry and was a forger and loved demonstrating at many festivals and events.

Gerald was a volunteer at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and called Bingo at Essentia Winchester on Washington.

Gerald was a quiet, unassuming man who had a smile or word for everyone. Wherever he touched he will be missed as he joins his daughter Carla, his brother Dennis, his parents and all the Angels in Heaven.

Memorial Services will be on Friday June 3, 2022; 1:00 p.m. at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes.

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