Norman J. Schumacher

Norman J. Schumacher, 86, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at his home in Victoria.

He was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Hays to Henry A. and Pauline (Dreiling) Schumacher. He married Yvonne M. (Feltes) on April 13, 1950, in Hays. She died February 8, 2011.

He was a 1945 graduate of Victoria High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He began his life-long career as a mechanic working for Nick Rohleder Auto Garage in Victoria after he left the Navy in 1946. He then worked for Halliburton Oil Corp. for 25 years. In 1973, he moved back to Victoria, where he operated Schumacher Repair for 10 years. He finished his career working as an auto and large truck mechanic with the Kansas State Department of Transportation in Hays, retiring in 1992. He served on the Victoria City Council from 1999 to 2003 and on the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years. He was a member of St. Fidelis Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both of Victoria.

Survivors include a son, Valery N. Schumacher, of the home; a daughter, Vicki Schmidtberger, Castaic, Calif.; a brother, Leland Schumacher and wife, Lillian, Victoria; two sisters, Jeanette Younger, Victoria, and Paula Palermo, Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Norman Schmidtberger, Kathryn Schmidtberger, Glenn Schmidtberger, and Beth Fischer and husband, Alex, all of California; and his dog, Cosmo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five brothers, Clarence, Linus, Elmer, Melvin and Valery Schumacher; four sisters, Ruby Roth, Romilda Schumacher, Viola Schumacher and Irma Jean Dome.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria. Burial will be in St. Fidelis Cemetery with military honors by the Victoria VFW Post 1751.

A Victoria Knights of Columbus rosary is at 7:30 p.m. Monday followed by a vigil service at 8 p.m. at Cline's Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria.

Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Cline's Mortuary, Victoria.

Memorials are suggested to the FHSU Senior Companion Program or Hospice of Hays Medical Center.

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