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James "Jim" L. Schumacher

May 4, 1970 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 53) 53 Years Old

James "Jim" Schumacher Obituary

James (Jim) Schumacher, beloved son of Mary Ellen Schumacher and the late Harold J Schumacher, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2024 after a 2 ½ year battle with cancer.

Jim was born on May 4, 1970.  He attended St Mary’s Elementary School in Marathon and Marathon High School, graduating as class valedictorian in 1988.  Jim continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical engineering in 1992.  

After completing his studies, Jim worked as an engineer at Procter and Gamble in Green Bay for two years before returning to the family ginseng business.  Together with his brother David and family, he went on to build a very successful ginseng business, now known as Schumacher Ginseng.  

When not working in the business, Jim loved to run, hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors.  He also enjoyed playing softball, volleyball, and tennis. Jim was also very active at St Mary’s church where he was a lector, religious education coordinator, and a member of both choirs. 

Jim had a wonderful impact on the lives of his nieces, nephews, and the young ones in his community. He was a loving and supportive uncle and teacher, there to offer guidance and encouragement. Jim took great pleasure in witnessing their achievements and played an integral role in shaping their lives. He also liked entertaining the littlest ones with “simon says”, “I draw the frying pan” and teaching them their prayers. 

Jim leaves behind a legacy of love and hard work and will be deeply missed by his mother, Mary Ellen Schumacher, his siblings David (special friend Tina) Schumacher, Dan (Deb) Schumacher, Donna (Dan) Leydet, Lori (Dave) Jore, his nieces and nephews Heather (Mark) Boatman, Matthew (Wendy) Schumacher, Kristen (Cody) Wolfert, Aaron Schumacher, Nathan Jore, Eric Jore, Andrea Jore, Thomas (Marissa) Leydet, Andrew Leydet, great nieces and nephew Brynnlee Boatman, Elsie Wolfert, Blake Wolfert, Lexi Schumacher, and Mia Schumacher, Godmother Dorothy Schumacher and many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as his extended family and friends who were touched by his presence. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. 

He was preceded in death by his father Harold Schumacher, grandparents John and Marie Schumacher and Jacob and Marie Knauf, Godfather Deacon LeRoy Knauf, and several uncles. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 26th, 2024 from 4 pm till 8 pm and again from 9 am till time of service on Saturday, January 27th at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Marathon.  The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will preside.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th.  

The family would like to thank Father Joe for his unending love and support.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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January 26, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
St. Mary Church - Marathon
712 Market St
Marathon, WI 54448

Mass of Christian Burial
January 27, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Mary Church - Marathon
712 Market St
Marathon, WI 54448


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