John Paul Schumann
John Paul Schumann, age 99, of Cokato, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006 at the Cokato Manor.
He was born on the family farm at Smith Lake, Minn. Sept. 28, 1906, to Robert and Annie Schumann. The Schumann family moved to Delano, where John grew up and attended school. He was confirmed at Mt. Olive Church in Delano.
John attended Dunwoody Institute to learn to be an auto mechanic. His first job was in Freeport, and later he was employed in Maple Plain and Delano.
In 1936, John moved his family from Maple Plain to Cokato, when he was employed by Ernest Metcalf at the Chevrolet Garage. He was one of a group of Cokato men who went to Canada to work on the Alcan Highway during World War II.
After the war, John owned and operated the City Service gas station in Cokato. He then went to work at the John Deere Implement for Keith Thompson as a mechanic and parts man, and continued there until his retirement.
During his retirement years, John worked at the Midland gas station and at Lakeside Greenhouse in Cokato.
John was married to Irene Anderson of Maple Plain.
After Irene’s death, John married Florence Kaeppe of Delano. Together they raised three children, John, Marianne, and Virginia.
Following Florence’s death, John married Esther Marble of Forrest City, Iowa in 1968. Esther also preceded him in death.
John is survived by his daughters, Marianne Lind of Bloomington, and Virginia (Rev. Carmen) Peterson of Woodville, Wis.; stepchildren Jon (Marlene) Marble of Minneapolis, and Alice Marble of Oslo, Norway; sister Clara Swenson of Maple Plain; grandchildren Betsy, Daniel, Karen, David, and Cathy; five step grandchildren, Tom, Bill, Beth, David, and Larry; eight great-grandchildren; and 13 step great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wives, John was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Major John Schumann; a brother, Walter; and sisters, Elsie and Ida.
A memorial service took place Thursday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m .at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Steve Thorson officiating. Music was by Karen Anderson. Interment was at the church cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.