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Richard “Tack” Schumacher

12/01/1938 - 08/11/2019

Richard “Tack” Schumacher, 80 years old of Mesa, Arizona peacefully passed away August 11, 2019 with family by his side.  Tack was born to Gordon and Genevieve Schumacher on December 1, 1938 in Cadillac, Michigan.  While living in Tempe, Arizona he married Patty June on March 7, 1970 and had an instant family with five step children, Gary Waldeck, Roger Waldeck, Roland Waldeck, Vickie Basar and Greg Waldeck.

Prior to his marriage to Patty, Tack served in the Air Force in the Philippines and Vietnam.  Tack also served 18 years in the Army National Guard.  During Tack and Patty’s years together in Show Low, Tack served in the National Guard Transportation Unit at Desert Storm.

Tack and Patty loved bowling during their many years together in Tempe, Show Low and Mesa Arizona.  In August of 1975 Tack joined his wife Patty as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He remained faithful and served in the Church until his health diminished in his mid 70’s.  In Tack’s younger years he loved to snow ski.  He also loved panning for gold, CB and HAM radio communications.  He worked in many fields of construction throughout his life and was a journeyman electrician up until he was forced to retire in his 70’s.

Tack is preceded in death by his wife Patty and his sister Susan.  He is survived by his brother Jimmy Schumacher (Trudie) of Cadillac, Michigan and his five step children, most of who live in Wisconsin.

Richard will be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona.

No services planned.


  • Our condolences and prayers to the family.

  • Sherree Waldeck.

    To all: My sympathies. Tack was always nice my children. I’ll remember how he loved to tell jokes at Thanksgiving at my house whenever he and Patty June were there. I pray he is loving his new life.


    Remember Dick from skiing at Caberfae and the high school ski team. Toughest guy ever! Used to ski the rope tows barehanded in the super cold weather. Nice person.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. May God bring peace at this time. ( Jim’s Church family in Cadillac)

  • Have nice picture of Dick, Denny Johnson, myself and Monte Montague while posing at Caberfae. Dick, Denny and I were all Class of 1956 Cadillac Sr. High and skied together regularly

  • I just received the sad news regarding Dick Schumacher today in WPB, Fl. Dick and I were ski buddies at Caberfae every weekend during the ski season plus both on the ski team for many years. i have missed seeing him at our various class reunions held at the Elk’s Club in Cadillac. We both graduated in 1956.

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