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Dr. D, R. "Doc" Schumacher - 95

12/28/1924 - 6/19/2020

Clinton, Iowa

     Dr. D. R. “Doc” Schumacher, age 95 of Clinton, passed away Friday, June 19, 2020 at Bickford Cottage.  In following Doc’s wishes cremation rites have been accorded.  A private family service will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 29th at the Pape Funeral Home.  A gathering of family and friends will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday following the service.


     Doc was born in Clinton on December 28, 1924, the son of Herbert and Marie (Nissen) Schumacher. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church.  Doc graduated from Clinton High School where on the football field he was known as "Dynamite Don."  He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during W.W. II with campaigns on Tinian and the Mariana Islands.  Doc attended Iowa State on a football scholarship and received a degree in Engineering.  He received his Medical Degree from the University of Iowa Medical School.  Doc was a family practitioner in Clinton from 1955 to 1991.  He married Deb Kruger on June 2, 1984 in Clinton.  Doc was the longest continuous member of the YMCA.  He enjoyed playing volleyball and coached the sport at Clinton Community College.  He was an avid golfer and tennis player, having won a city doubles championship.  Doc had a passion for ice hockey, playing in the Dubuque Senior Saints League, and competing in his last game at the age of 80.  He followed the Chicago Blackhawks and Hawkeyes.


     Doc is survived by his wife Deb; 7 children, Jan Schumacher of Austin, TX, Dan Schumacher of Davenport, Ken (Diane) Schumacher of Iowa City, David Schumacher of Iowa City, Dr. Rich (Amanda) Schumacher of Schueyville, Steve Schumacher of Clinton and Sherri (Matt) Gelvin of Omaha, NE; 3 stepchildren, Kim (Don) Hansen of Fountain Inn, SC, Krista (Steve) Cagley of Clinton, and Kurt (Brenda) Daehler of Clinton; 13 grandchildren, Dan Jr., Alanna, Karitsa, Mitchell, Madeline, Chloe, Connor, Cole, Carlee, Lakin, Lauryn, Connor and Cody; 4 great grandchildren, Mya, E.J., Miracle and Dale and a brother, Raymond Schumacher of New Braunfels, TX.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials made in Doc’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Online condolences may be left at


Gathering of Friends

4:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.


Private family services at 3:00 PM Monday, June 29th at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Janis Saddoris

    on 06/24/20

    My sincere condolences to the family

  • Geni mahjoub

    on 06/24/20

    So sorry for your loss 

  • Allen & Maureen Bailey

    on 06/24/20

    Dan and family so sorry for your loss.   Allen and Maureen Bailey

  • Larry & Linda Barnes

    on 06/24/20

    Our sympathies to Debbie and family....Doc was our friend and neighbor for over 20 years. I will never forget watching him score 6 goals (double hat trick) in Dubuque when he was approximately 75 yrs old.  It was a senior league with the entry age of 35-40 years old.

    Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Tom Fitch

    on 06/24/20

    I always liked Dr. Schumacher.  He was my doc when I was a little kid  through the '60's and, well, I made it this far, so he definitely gave me a good start.  I'm sorry for the family's loss.  

  • Rita McFarlin

    on 06/25/20

    My sympathies to the family.  Ken and Family, we will be thinking of you at this very sad time.

  • Larry and Susan Schumacher

    on 06/25/20

    I pray for the repose of my Uncle Don's soul in heaven.

    I remember the fun and excitement of visiting Grandma and way more cousins in Clinton. There was noted a vast difference between Cousin Janet's and Uncle Don's perception of the Beatles as we watched together their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Uncle sure was proud to show off his Plymouth Barracuda, how cool.  Ancient memories it seems.

    My sincere condolences.   Larry



  • Kim, Hannah and Cindy from Dr. Richard Schumacher's Office

    on 06/26/20

    Dear Deb, Dr. Schumacher, Dan, Ken, and Schumacher Family:

    We extend our deepest Sympathies and wish you comfort in the days ahead.

    You are blessed with many years of wonderful memories~


    Cindy, Kimberly, and Hannah

    (The "Girls" at Dr. Rich Schumacher's Office)   





  • Kelli May-Krenz

    on 06/27/20

    Sweetest love for doctor. He delivered me into this world. Forever the very best doctor and human. Such a kind soul with wisdom and always an amazing doctor! Blessings to you! Biggest sympathies. Love Kelli 

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