From a newspaper obituary clipping for John Edwin Shumaker from the estate
sale of Dessa Mae (Sunday) Wolf 25 Nov 2000
"John Edwin Shumaker, son of John and Amanda Chard Shumaker, was born
Otsego township, Steuben County, July 25, 1864. When a small lad he moved
Steuben township with his parents. There he grew to manhood and was
to Adaline Ringler, of Hudson, Jan. 1, 1886. To this union was born six sons:
Carl, of Angola, Marl, of Hudson, Cleo, of Crawfordsville, Wade, of Union
City, and Weir, of Fort Wayne, and one son dying in infancy. Soon after
marriage he took his bride to live on a farm in Salem township where the
family lived until the death of his wife, Adaline, who passed away Dec. 19,
1913. Here he continured to maintain a home for his younger sons still
home until Dec. 29, 1914 (exactly 18 years prior to the date of his death)
was united in marriage to Lillie Mortorff Knoder. Two step-daughters came
into the home now Edith Wilkins of Fort Wayne and Marjorie Knoder, of Fort
Wayne, whom he loved and cherished as his own children.
His entire life was spent in Steuben County, he having spent his last
in Hudson, Indiana.
While he had been in failing health for several years, he was fatally
stricken Thursday morning, December 29th, and passed to the great beyond
few moments without gaining consciousness at the age of 68 years, 5 months
and four days.
John Shumaker was a man of sterling character. No man was ever more
for his integrity than he. No man could ever say that advantage had been
taken of him in his dealings. This charactistic along with many of his
sterling qualities have been greatly reflected in his family. While he never
possessed a large amount of earthly goods he leaves a rich inheritance of
character which will continue to live through generations. Any man
well envy this inheritance.
He has the strength of his convictions. He was always content with
common things of life, always unpretentious. He was especially fond
children and all who knew him loved him. He was never too busy to help a
neighbor in sickness and adversity. He came from a family of eight children,
three sisters and four brothers, all who have proceded him in death except
Elijah, of Pleasant Lake, and George, of Salem Center, who mourn his passing
along with his beloved wife, sons, daughters, daughters-in-law, son-in-law
and fourteen grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Hodson, Saturday,
December 31st, at 2:00 p.m. The pall-bearers were Bert Wolfe, Earl Wolf,
Sparks, A.L. Sunday, Rush Smathers, and Jay Clark; flower-bearers, Doris
Clark, Delores Hart, Merle Hedglin, and Glendora Chamberlin. Services
conducted by Rev John Albright, assisted by Rev. Cummins and Rev. DeGroff,
We wish to express our deep appreciation of the many acts of helpfulness
shown us during our bereavement, for the floral offerings, the music by the
male quartette and the comforting words of Rev. Albright.
MRS. JOHN SHUMAKER AND FAMILY"
Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson