Alfred 'Al' Schumann — Eyota
Alfred "Al" Schumann, 89, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at his home in Eyota.
Al Schumann was born March 27, 1924, in Eyota, to Christina (Pries) and Frederick Schumann. He attended Eyota Public Schools and graduated as the valedictorian in 1942. He attended Rochester Junior College for two years and received a full tuition scholarship to Princeton University. Al was unable to attend due to family circumstances. He took over the family farm raising turkeys, cattle, pigs and crops. While he farmed, he continued his education with correspondence courses in law.He married Helen Strike on Feb. 2, 1952. They lived on the family farm for 38 years while raising six children.
Al was active in many organizations: Olmsted County's Outstanding Farmer Award in 1957; Dairy Herd Improvement Association; SE MN Farm Management Assn.; Eyota Farm Bureau; Olmsted County Consolidated Breeders Co-op; Eyota Co-op Creamery board; Olmsted County Chapter of the American Red Cross; Eastwood Bank board member 28 years; Eyota Elevator Board; Eyota Ambulance Board; Rochester Kiwanis; Eyota Lions' Club; Olmsted Republican Party; Mayor of Eyota for six years; Authored many editorials for the Olmsted County Journal and was a lifelong member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Eyota.
Al loved his hometown of Eyota. He contributed land to the Eyota Kids Korner and was instrumental in the development of hundreds of homes on the south side of Eyota. His final contribution at 84 years of age was the Eyota Market grocery store which he felt was essential for the community. Al was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2007.
Al loved politics and debating, in general. He was an active member of the Republican Party, serving in the MN House of Representatives from 1962-1972.
Al was an avid collector of elephant memorabilia, mugs and music boxes. He loved music and taught himself to play the organ. If he found an electric organ at an auction, he was sure to buy it, often giving it away to someone else. He loved traveling and visited over 10 countries. Al loved learning and was a voracious reader; he especially loved books on history, different cultures and the law.
He married Margaret "Margie" Dubbels, Sept. 25, 1993, in Eyota. Though retired, he continued helping out on the farm, building homes and developing land in Eyota.
Al is survived by his wife, Margie of Eyota; sons, Robert (Ann) Schumann of Apple Valley, Glen (Cindy) Schumann of Woodbury, and Wayne Schumann of Eyota; daughters, Nancy Thoma of Willmar, Donna (Darryl) Kollodge of Brooklyn Park, and Vicki (Christopher) Arendt of Eyota; step-children, Thomas (Dorla) Dubbels of Eyota, Curtis (Peggy) Dubbels of Kasson, Zane (Marie) Dubbels of Eyota, Joel (Dawn) Dubbels of Rochester, and Amy (Randy) Renken of Eyota; seven grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; 10 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Kaehler of St. Charles, and Eileen Traeger of Mankato.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, in 1991; his parents; brothers, Adolph and Milton and sister, Helen Woodward.
The funeral will be at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Eyota at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, with reviewal one hour prior to the service.
The visitation will be at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota is in charge of the arrangements. schadandzabelfuneralhomes.com