Walter H. Schumann, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2011 in La Grange, Texas. He was 76.
Walter was born June 23rd, 1934 in Rabbs Prairie, Texas to Walter Frank and Ida Mae (Tramp) Schumann. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith on July 31, 1934 and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange, Texas, on October 12th, 1947. Walter married the love of his life, Frances Pietsch, on September 12, 1953 in La Grange. He served in the Army Reserve and then the National Guard. The couple made their home first in La Grange, then Austin, Arlington, and finally in the Warda, Texas area. Walter was a mechanic by trade, working the bulk of his years for Braniff Airlines and then the LCRA. He was a man of great faith, serving throughout his years in many different capacities in the Lutheran church. Walter will be remembered for his complete devotion to God and family, his gentle kindness, and his quick grin.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Ida Mae and Walter Frank Schumann, his brothers Lambert Schumann and Gilbert Schumann, and his grandson Jon Davidson.
Walter is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Frances Schumann; son Michael Schumann and wife Belinda of Arlington, Texas; daughter Gayla and husband David Davidson of Austin, Texas; daughter Donna and husband Daryl Savage of Richmond, Texas; grandchildren Spencer Schumann, Jacob Schumann and wife Crystal, Michaela Schumann, Danna Davidson, Dusty Davidson, Kelsey Brown, Devin Savage, SaVanah Savage; great-grandchildren Hannah Schumann and Hailey Schumann; sisters-in-law Helen Pietsch, Sydonia Schumann, Junell Schulz; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral arrangements are through Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange, Texas. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday March 6, 2011, from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM at Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home chapel at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 6th. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7th, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda, Texas. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Hour Ministries (www.lhmgift.org) or charity of choice.