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Jerry Shumaker

Gerald "Jerry" Shumaker of Plainwell, passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at the age of 81 at Wings Home. Jerry was born on February 5, 1940. He was the son of Harold and Nina "Mae" (Bixler) Shumaker. He graduated from Plainwell High School in 1958. He worked as a dispatcher for a trucking company in Kalamazoo for 30 years. Jerry married Judy Flegal on August 21, 1964. Together they had two sons, Mike Shumaker and Mark Shumaker. In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by his "favorite" mother-in-law, Mary Flegal; sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Dick, Don, and Jack Shumaker; and his father-in-law, Larry Flegal. Also preceded by two special dogs Sammy Shu and Granddog Charlie. While Jerry was raising his sons, he enjoyed taking his family on summer vacations, traveling to places such as Colorado, New York, North Carolina, and the Mackinac Bridge. He enjoyed sports and coached his sons' Little League baseball teams. Jerry enjoyed playing computer solitaire and doing lots of crossword puzzles. He supported the Detroit sports teams as well as Michigan football and basketball. He was a member of the Elks Club in Otsego for many years. Jerry has been cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is suggesting that donations be made to the Wings of Hope Hospice Home, 330 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010. While at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign Jerry's guestbook, check for updated service information and/or share a memory with the family. The Shumaker family is being cared for by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 South Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080 (269) 685-5881

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Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. We had some good times together. Mitzi

Mitzi Henke Sep 10 2021 8:55 PM

Judy and Family: I'm so sorry to read of Jerry's passing. He was such a nice friendly man. Cherish the many wonderful memories. You all are in my thoughts! Marilyn Noble Lamborn

Marilyn Noble Lamborn Aug 30 2021 11:52 AM

Judy, Mike and Mark! Im so sorry that Jerry has passed! He was a great friend and always made me laugh! I have many memories of him and Im sure you have more wonderful memories! Jerry was one of a kindhow lucky I was to know him! Sending my love to you! Sherry Hurlbut Ligonier, IN sherryhurlbut@yahoo.com

Sherry Hurlbut Aug 28 2021 6:59 PM

Thinking of all in prayer at this difficult time. Our family has so many fond memories spending time together through the years. Jerry was such a blessing to all who knew and loved him. He will be missed. :pray::heart:

Joyce McClellac Aug 24 2021 10:12 PM

So sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. I have fond memories of Jerry and Dick Horn and the Cub Scouts. RIP old friend. Dan Stratton

Dan Stratton Aug 15 2021 2:48 PM

Judy, I was saddened to read of Jerry's death. My sympathies to you and the boys and your extended family. All these wonderful notes are testimony to his kindness and character. Sincerely, Herb Ayres

Herb Ayres Aug 15 2021 10:52 AM

Sorry for your loss, you will be missed at the coffee gathering. Please let me know when you hold the memorial. Call me please. Zonna

Zonna Kridler Aug 14 2021 12:56 PM

Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a great brother -in-law and gave me so many fond memories. He sure looks like Dick in his picture. The next time I am in Plainwell, Judy, I will get in touch. Much Love to you and Mike and Mark from your once Sister-In-Law-Pat

Pat Shumaker Aug 14 2021 12:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Shumaker

Kathy McDonakd Nelson Aug 12 2021 8:31 PM

Judy, Mike & Mark So sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. He was a kind and loving friend. Especially to my mom and dad. You guys sure had a lot of fun. I know it will he hard without him but keep that beautiful smile Judy and all of your memories will get you through. God Bless you all. Love, Kathy McDonald Nelson

Kathy McDonakd Nelson Aug 12 2021 8:30 PM

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