Maynard Schumacher, age 90 of Sidney, NE and longtime Peetz, CO resident, passed away in Sidney, Saturday, July 22, 2017.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M., Friday, July 28th with Wake Services at 6:00 P.M., Thursday, July 27th. Both services will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. Michael F. McDermott officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday from 1-4:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made in Maynard’s name to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. You may view Maynard’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Maynard’s care and funeral arrangements.
Maynard was born December 12, 1926 in Petersburg, Nebraska to Alfons and Catherine Schumacher. His family moved to Peetz when he was 4 years old. Maynard was the second of eight children. He had one brother and six sisters. Maynard served in the army in 1945 at the end of the World War. He married Norma Jean Deaver on January 23, 1951 at St. Patrick's Church in Sidney, Nebraska. Maynard and Norma lived on a farm south of Sidney and moved to Peetz in 1968. They had 11 children. Their oldest daughter, Elaine, passed away at 18 months of age. Maynard worked for Marathon Oil Company for 19 years and farmed, raised cattle and hogs until his retirement in 1989. After Maynard's retirement they moved to Sidney. Maynard has served as president of the board of the Peetz Cooperative Telephone Company, was a member of the Peetz American Legion, Sidney Knights of Columbus and the Sidney Elks Club. He was a parishioner of the St. Patrick's Church in Sidney. Even though he retired, he still enjoyed checking the cattle and crops. Maynard and Norma both enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Norma, of 66 years. His six sons, Phil (Lu Anne) of Peetz; Clem (Jamie) of Sidney; Wayne (Diana) of Peetz; Jeff (Lisa) of Sterling; Scott (Michael) of Greeley; and Craig (Sharon) of Sterling. Their four daughters are Gwen Nienhueser (Paul) of Greeley; Marleen Nienhueser (Eugene) of Sidney; Leona Larson (Matt) of Greeley; and Roberta Brauer (Roger) of Sidney. Maynard and Norma have 25 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Maynard's sisters, Dorothy (Louis) Bruns, Rita Straub, Betty (Frank) Passard, Marion (John) Eberly and Susan (Gene) Seimers, sisters-in-law, Marcella Schumacher and Eleanore Deaver and brother-in-law, Dean (Shorty) Talhelm. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Elaine; brother, Walt; sister, Beatrice, seven brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.