Leon Shumaker, 81, of Grand Chain, passed away at 6:01 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at his home.
Leon was born Oct. 10, 1937 in Grand Chain. He attended Grand Chain High School, graduating in 1955. He then graduated from Southern Illinois University with a mathematics degree in 1960. Leon received his master's degree in administration from Murray State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant from 1960 to 1963.
Leon and Betty Lou Richardson were united in marriage on Sept. 13, 1958. They just recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Leon had taught at Cairo Junior High School and also served as principal. Leon also was the principal of Meridian Elementary and later taught in the district.
At Century High School, he was a math instructor and principal. He coached high school basketball and high school softball. He retired in 1993.
Leon was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed his family and all his hunting buddies. He was a regular at the Pickup Mart near Karnak. He loved to tell stories and jokes to make others happy and laugh.
He served his family, his nation and our God. He loved life and he lived it well.
Leon is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Richardson Shumaker; two daughters, Susan Gaye (Dane) Meink and Stacy Gail Parker; his grandsons, Nick (Karla) Parker, Collin (Kendra) Parker, Trey (Dana) Baugher, Carson (Anna) Baugher, Challin (Kevin) Meink and Angela (Zac) Hammon; his great-grandchildren, Micaela Aurora Parker, Carter Lee Baugher, Olivia Herrin, Caylee Hammon and Hannah Hammon; and nieces, Amy (Cary) Petermichel, Lea Ann (Brent) Mehrhoff and Karen (Jeremy) Nation.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Catherine Sharp Shumaker and Lee Sharp; and one sister, Judith Kay (David) Petermichel.
Funeral service was held Friday at St. Catherine's Church in Grand Chain with Monsignor William McGhee officiating and Father Chris Mujule assisting.
Burial followed at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Grand Chain. Military honors were provided by the United States Air Force Burial Detail Team. Pallbearers were Nick and Collin Parker, Trey and Carson Baugher, Gavin Petermichel and Dane Meink.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Catherine's Preservation Society.
Wilson Funeral Home of Karnak was in charge of arrangements.