Walter Louis Schumacher

Walter Schumacher, age 92, formerly of Elk River, passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, and went home to be with his heavenly Father, through faith in Jesus Christ, and was reunited with his wife, Lorraine, and family members who have gone before him.
Walt was born June 2, 1924 in Minneapolis to Peter and Anna Schumacher. He graduated from Marshall High School and enlisted in the Army. He served in the 17th and 82nd Airborne Divisions and fought during WWII, receiving a purple heart. After the war, he met and married the love of his life, Lorraine Bergstrom, with whom he had three children. He attended Winona State where he played four years of football and received his teaching degree. His teaching and coaching career included De La Salle, Morton, Montevideo, and Elk River. Walt was the first hockey coach of Elk River, co-founder of the Quarterback Club, recipient of the American Legion “Americanism Award” and gave years of volunteer service to the Elk River Community. In 1960, he patented his football blocking machine, the Schumacher Shocker. After his coaching days, he owned and operated Schumacher Beverage Company, sold real estate, and was the starter/ranger at Izatys Golf and Yacht Club. Walt loved football, golf, and fishing.
Walt was known as a legend to the coaching community, influencing generations on how to win and how to live. He has been recognized for his impact on others through many awards and ceremonies. These include having a brick in his name at the Elk River football field and dropping the ceremonial puck at the MN Hockey Day in Elk River in 2014. We have lost a great coach and a great American. He will be missed by many.
Walt is preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine.
Survived by daughters, Nancy Schumacher and Carol (Steve) Tideman; son, Steve (Cindy) Schumacher; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Church of St Andrew, 566 Fourth St. NW, Elk River, with visitation one hour prior to service. Visitation also on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main St., Elk River.
Dare’s Funeral Home 763-441-1212 www.daresfuneralservice.com

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