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John Shumate

June 12, 2015

Life Sketch for John Wesley Shumate


John Wesley Shumate, 77, died on Friday, June 12th in Wichita, Kansas.


John was born on May 22, 1938 to Elmer and Elsie (Patterson) Shumate in Wichita, Kansas.


John was a skilled carpenter and expert handy man. He was able to fix almost anything and was a great teacher of his skills.  John had a good sense of humor and was known as a practical joker. He was a man of strong faith and great perseverance.


At the age of 57, John had a brain tumor and stroke which paralyzed one side of his body. He was unable to work and never fully recovered from this.


John is survived by his wife: Roberta May (Rhamy) Shumate; children: John Shumate, Brenda (Byron) Siemens, and Wanda Ivy; sisters: Mary Wilson and Pam Ficklin; brother: Charles Shumate; grandchildren: Nathan Siemens, Brandon Siemens, Seth Siemens, Aaron Siemens, Zachary Shumate, and Megan Shumate.


He was preceded in death by his parents: Elmer and Elsie Shumate; and sister: Helen Wilson.


A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16th at Petersen Funeral Chapel in Newton. The family will greet friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. A private family scattering of the ashes will be performed at a later date.


A memorial has been set up for the Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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