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Mina, SD-Funeral service for Jon Christian Schumacher, 28, of Mina will be 10:00 am, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aberdeen. Rev. Fr. Michael Griffin will officiate.

Closed casket visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Jon died January 2, 2020; he leaves behind many heavy hearts.

Jon Christian Schumacher son of Jon K. Schumacher and Nanette Storch was born on October 21, 1991 in Colorado Springs, CO. At the age of 9 months he was on a bulldozer with his father, already attempting to grasp the controls with his little hands and at that moment the die was cast. He was destined to be an equipment operator.  His construction and farming skills were first developed after many hours of very carefully and elaborately crafted “carpet” farms and construction sites he made as a little boy in his playroom and sandbox.  He spent many hours reading about the history and development of Caterpillar and LeTorneau earth moving machines, fascinated by the evolution of modern earthmoving equipment.  Jon loved to run any motorized piece of equipment from a very young age; perfecting his skills to become a very talented equipment operator.

In the fall of 2009, Jon was concerned about how the wet weather was impacting the harvest and he wanted to help.  His solution was a Lexion tracked combine.  And so, the Lexion combine, a Cat Challenger tractor and tracked grain cart were purchased.  He and his father went about the business of assisting local farmers to retrieve the crops stranded in soggy fields that were inaccessible to wheeled machines.  With Jon at the controls of the combine during the fall of 2009 and throughout the winter and spring of 2010, they harvested many thousands of acres to the delight of many grateful local farmers.  He was very innovative-always in search of better and faster mechanized ways to get a job done.

Jon was united in marriage to Casey Dinger on November 23, 2012 in Aberdeen, SD.  Jon and Casey joyfully welcomed three beautiful boys into their lives:  Jon Brooks 5, Abel Christian 3 and Stetson Lee 2.   Jon was in his happy place while operating equipment and it brought him great joy to have his young sons sitting in the seat beside him-introducing them all to big machines and the sights, sounds and the ever-present smell of diesel that goes along with equipment.

As a young man, Jon worked in the family contracting business with his parents.  It was natural for him to continue in that entrepreneurial spirit and so in 2014 he started Schumacher Trucking LLC/DBA Schumacher Trucking and Excavation.

In addition to his parents and children, Jon is survived by his maternal grandparents, several aunts and uncles, many cousins and a wide circle of friends.  He will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Albert Christian and Elizabeth (Stefan) Schumacher, uncle, Jeff Schumacher and aunt, Jolaine (Schumacher) Weros.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to “The Schumacher Boys Memorial Fund” that has been established at Wells Fargo Bank for the benefit of his beloved boys.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.