CROOKED LAKE — Kurt Schumacher 53, of Crooked Lake, died unexpectedly, Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his home.
He was born Sept. 8, 1958, to Lee and Juanita (VanSickel) Schumacher in Brainerd, Minn., where he grew up and graduated from Brainerd High School in 1976. Kurt moved to northeastern Minnesota where he operated the Crooked Lake Resort with his parents and also helped build the Trestle Inn. Kurt loved the Crooked Lake area so much that he liked to tell people he went camping in 1976 and never went home. He married Patty Aldinger on April 5, 1986, in Tofte, Minn., and on that date three years later his son Nathan was born. Kurt worked briefly at Don Ewalds, did some cooking for Wally and Bonnie Tikkanen, fire watch for USFS, and held a job at Reserve Mining for a few years before settling at Crooked Lake full time. Kurt was a volunteer EMT for the Lake County Finland Rescue for 12 years and was a ski patrol on Lutsen Mountain for three seasons. Kurt had a way of saying things that left nothing to the imagination about his feelings. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, hunting and was a devoted Vikings fan.
Kurt is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Hilton and Marie VanSickel; paternal grandparents, Herbert and Lillie Schumacher; and an uncle, Colonel William Rice.
He is survived by his wife, Patty; son, Nate; parents, Lee and Juanita Schumacher; brother, Dan (Delinda) Schumacher; nephews, Shane (Leann) Schumacher, Nick and Brett; nieces, Courtney, Myrinda and Jeramie; aunts, Nancy Rice and Pat Lane; uncle, Bob Lane; and cousins, Mark, Keith, Sue, Jim and Kim.
He is sadly missed by his good buddy Jake who was always there to greet him every morning.
Visitation will be from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at the Clair Nelson Center in Finland.