Walter Benjamin Schumacher

October 20, 1929 - July 19, 2022
Walter Benjamin Schumacher

Walter Benjamin Schumacher

Walter (Wally) Schumacher died peacefully at home early Tuesday morning (July 19).

Born October 20, 1929 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to Walter Schumacher and Margaret Keithan Schumacher.  Graduated from Pottsville Pennsylvania High School and Pennsylvania State College in 1952 in Agricultural Engineering.  Met Mary Allan there at a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity party and married her in 1952.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, after 70 years of marriage.

3 children:  Rod of Wilmington, NC, Walter (Shoey)(Phyllis) of Reno, NV.  He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Martha DeLaurentiis.  5 grandchildren:  Carolyna Goldberger (Alex) of Venice, CA., Dina Shane (Justin) of Los Angeles, CA., Kurt Schumacher of El Segundo, CA., Mark Schumacher of Bothell, WA., and Keri Maise (Jacob) of Oceanside, CA.

3 Great grandchildren;  Arlo Goldberger of Venice, CA., Celeste Goldgerger of Venice, CA, Dino Shane of Los Angeles, CA. One special niece, Cynthia Carter of Newtown PA and 2  nephews, Stephen and Cliff Carter of Carbondale, PA.

After college he taught at the University of New Hampshire, worked at the New Holland Machine Company in New Holland, PA., and the Aerovent Fan Company in Piqua, Ohio as Vice President of Engineering for 40 years.  Has been involved in Scouting for 50 years, a Wood Badge Scouter and a Silver Badge Recipient.  He was given a Legion of Honor Award for 30 years in the Kiwanis Club.

On retirement, he and Mary moved to Wilmington in 1994, where he helped organize the Penn State Alumni Club, formed a Thursday Group to help at the Good Shepherd Center , being a cook for 25 years.  He continued his interest playing the drums and formed Landfall’s 4th of July Band’s float. Was a member of the Harbour Towne Fest Band for 20 years. Other hobbies were hunting, gardening, fishing, and golf.

A Memorial Service will be held at St Andrews on the Sound on Tuesday, July 26 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Burial will be private at a later date.

A longtime member of the Episcopal Church, donations in his honor can be made to St. Andrews on the Sound Memorial Fund, 101 Airlie Rd. Wilmington NC., 28403

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.

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  • July 28, 2022
    Bob Mayo says:
    Sincere condolences to Mary and the family.

  • July 26, 2022
    David and Alexis Matthews says:
    Wally’s ever present energy, smile and accomplishments are a wonderful standard for all to follow.

  • July 25, 2022
    Marg & Perry Smith says:
    We all miss Wally His friendship, his smile, and commitment to the community will long be remembered.

  • July 24, 2022
    Kenneth E Macior says:
    Mary, we all are so sorry to hear of Wally's passing. He was a wonderful person and added so much to my life and those in the Harbour Towne Fest Band who knew him. He will be so missed but always a part of the HTFB. So many happy Gemutlich good times. God bless Wally and you. May he rest in peace. Ken Macior, HTFB

  • July 24, 2022
    Jan Hugh says:
    “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” — Emily Dickinson