LtCol Ludwig J. Schumacher USMC Retired

Ludwig J. Schumacher, age 71, a resident of Monument, Colorado since 1999, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at his home with family by his side. He had retired after 21 years of service as a Field Artillery Officer and Operations Analyst in the United States Marine Corps and in his retirement was a computer consultant.

Ludwig John Schumacher was born on February 9, 1941 in Queens, New York to the late Ludwig and Elizabeth (Vargo) Schumacher. He was a 1959 graduate of Colonie High School in New York, a 1963 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and received his Master’s from The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and his second Master’s in Information Technology from George Mason University. He married Carole Lou Herzog on December 10, 1977 at Fort Hood, Texas. Carole survives and lives in Monument.

“Lu” enjoyed camping, skiing, backpacking, boating, traveling, playing pinochle and walking his dog. He will be best remembered for his dedication to his family, the Marine Corps and our Country.

He is survived by his beloved wife; and five children: Ludwig J. “Sonny” (Christina) Schumacher of Essex, Vermont; Deborah (Jonathan) Hartke of Maple Valley, Washington; Christine Schumacher of Plymouth, New Hampshire; Jeff Schumacher of Levittown, Pennsylvania; and Karl (Sally) Schumacher of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Schumacher of North Port, Florida; his “adopted” son, Chris (Lexi) Emmerich from Germany, nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the chapel. A luncheon reception will follow at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910.

The graveside service with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area “B” in Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crawford House, in care of Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition, P.O. Box 2593, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80901 or the American Cancer Society.

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