Ronald Lee Schumacher, 76, of Oakdale, CA passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.
Known as Opa by his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren and “Hoot” to a select few, he was born on a farm outside Sherwood North Dakota on September 7, 1938 and was the middle child of five. Ron was retired from the California Department of Corrections after 32 years and settled in Oakdale with his wife Christa in 1981. He had lived many places during his youth and adult years and had many different and interesting occupations; he also joined and participated in various social clubs and organizations in the Monterey Bay area. In 1960, He began his career with the Department of Corrections while simultaneously serving in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman. Ron was promoted to Lieutenant with the Corrections Department and relocated to the San Joaquin Valley in 1971. A short time later, he accepted the role of Parole Agent where he received many commendations for his service contributions. Ron was very fond of country life and animals; he enjoyed years working with horses, cattle, and as a steward of the land. He was known by many in the community for his generosity and willingness to always lend a hand, a tool, or an opinion. Ron enjoyed traveling with his wife in their motor home and forged many friendships throughout their travels. Ron is preceded in death by his parents Harlan and Wilma Schumacher, his sister Sylvia Joseph, and his brother Larry Schumacher. Ron is survived by the love of his life, his wife Christa of 46 years, his two sisters Kay and Sally (Doug), his three sons Jim, Rick (Denise) and Ron (Kelly), 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Oakdale Country Club on Friday, November 21 at 11a.m. with a reception following. Oakdale-Riverbank Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356