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Donald K. Shumaker

Don passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born March 2, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Harold and Nina Mae (Bixler) Shumaker. Don grew up in Plainwell and graduated in 1953. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. For many years he owned and operated A-1 Disposal from 1967-1979. Don enjoyed being around people and was a member of the American Legion and Otsego Elks. On February 8, 1958 at Plainwell United Methodist Church he married Virginia Montague who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jefri Gayheart and Ken Shumaker; grandson, Ryan (Meghan Cranfill) Shumaker; great-grandson, Maddox Shumaker along with his brother, Gerald “Jerry” Shumaker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Richard and Kenneth “Jack” Shumaker.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in the spring.

Contributions in memory of Don may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

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Patricia Shumaker

November 18, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Rest in peace Don, Thanks for being my brother-in-law. Truly a wonderful man. To Ginny, Jefri and Ken, so sorry for your loss. He sure looks like Dick..



November 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Ken, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Randy & Kathy DeMann


Jo golden

November 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Gary and Judy I am so sorry for your loss God-bless you all


Curt and Joni (Flegal) Haggard

November 18, 2020 at 5:14 pm

For our dear brother-in-law, Jerry Shumaker, we send love to you and to Judy on the loss of your brother, Don. You surely are thinking about him and all your brothers through the years, remembering the good and fun times you shared.

To Ginny and all your family, we are keeping you in our thoughts during this sad time.


Carolyn Jordan

November 18, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Jerry & Judy & to your whole family, I send my heartfelt sympathies to you during this difficult time. It is always hard to say goodbye to our loved ones & there are no words to take that pain away. I send loving hugs to you & lift prayer of thanksgiving for the life of this beloved man. May our Loving God comfort you all with His Grace, Mercy & Peace. All my love, Jerry & Judy– Carolyn “Speedy” Jordan



November 19, 2020 at 1:09 am

Jerry and Judy, Ginny and family, so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories that each of you have of Don.

Be thankful that he had a nice long life.


Ron and Darlene Hoover

November 19, 2020 at 9:55 am


So sorry to hear of Don. So many memories from the A1 days. You guys were so good to us. And good friends. Our prayers go out to you and family.

Ron and Darlene Hoover


Maggie Noteboom

November 19, 2020 at 4:44 pm

Ginny and Family,

We are so very sad to hear about your loss. The memories and good times we had with you and Don will never fade from our hearts. The St. Thomas trips and parties at the Weaver’s are long past but will forever keep us smiling.

Love and HUGS to you.

Maggie and Dan Noteboom


Dan and Jo Minor

November 19, 2020 at 8:21 pm

Jerry and Judy. We send our sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your brother. Our prayers go out to all of you.


Ken and Veronica Crowell

November 20, 2020 at 8:26 am

To Ginny, Jerry and Judy families, We were sad to hear of Dons passing. Ken has fond memories of Don and brothers over all the years with the Crowell family. May your hearts be filled with joyful memories of Don to help you thru his loss to you all.

Ken and Veronica Crowell

Jerry Judy family during this sad time. Ken has fond Memories of Don and and all the Shumaker brothers


Jill Flegal and Nick Johnson

November 23, 2020 at 3:29 pm

Dear Jerry and Judy, We are so sorry that you have lost the last of your brothers, Jerry. Such a nice family of boys.

Our condolences to Ginny and family at this very sad time.


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