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Thomas Shumaker

February 25, 1943 ~ February 22, 2018

Thomas Lee Shumaker (aka "old fart, old man, big dear, dad, and stubborn ass"), 74, of Manhattan, MT passed away at his home Feb 22 following a long battle with interstitial lung disease.  No service will be held and his ashes will be spread in his favorite hunting place, Freezeout Lake.

Tom was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa to Glenn Shumaker and Bernice Hite on Feb 25, 1943.  He spent his life working as a Biologist in Davenport, IA and Hendersonville, TN before coming "home" to Montana.  It was there he earned his dream degree in Wildlife Biology and worked in that field until retirement. He was an Alumni of both Drake University and Montana State University, as well as a member of the fraternal order Phi Delta Theta. He was a proud, gun-toting, card-carrying lifetime member of the NRA and DU, and a true conservationist in every sense of the word.

Knowing Tom Shumaker was a love/hate relationship for those closest to him!  He was pig-headed, opinionated, politically incorrect, and intolerant of fools, but he also was a man with great presence of character and incredible resilience. He was loved by many including his wife, who fondly referred to him as her "giant pain in the ass", but a big gushy romantic till the end.  He will be missed by his children as the stubborn father who never admitted a mistake, but also the dad who did his best to impart the knowledge he felt that they needed to survive and succeed in life; i.e. how to make gravy toast, reload a gun, de-quill a dog, treat a cast iron pot, cats are evil, etc.  To those he drew into his world, nurses especially, he was a precious, sweet dear man.  (For those who knew him better, insert snicker here).  However stubborn and determined, he was a generous and loyal friend and mentor.  If you stopped by the house you would be fed BBQ till you burst and you would get to partake in his whiskey and wisdom with endless stories told in that deep slow voice that never tired... ever.

Retirement brought out the craftsman and green thumb in Tom.  He would sit in that big recliner of his making knives out of anything and leather sheathes for everything.  He was a keen horticulturist; at least half of what he planted survived (special thanks to Cashman's Nursery for replacing the "defective" trees and shrubs throughout the years). Tom's passions and life essentials were hunting (not a hobby), wildlife, guns, dogs, steaks, and smoking meat.  He started to let go last fall when he missed his first opening day of hunting season in over 60 years.  In the last few years Tom was forced to endure the medical profession on a regular basis.  He deeply respected his nurses, Dr. Cleary, and Dr. Mundruczo, but as to the rest of the medical system, they were "corrupted so-and-so's".  Upon completing his hospital mug collection (acquired over many years), he finally chose hospice over the "money suckers".

Tom was especially fond of his dogs and they him. Being a fabulous cook, they were fortunate enough to share our meals as Tom always cooked for 12.  The last few months his precious "Bubba" took to lying across his chest and he was there at the end, even shedding a tear.  Tom will be remembered as that big mountain man with the braided beard, the storyteller with the big voice and an even bigger heart.  He is already missed so much.

He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Julie Findley Shumaker (aka "the love of his life"); his children, Charity and Gunnar Shumaker; his chocolates, Bubba and Brun; in-laws, Chris Findley and family, and Peggy Phalen; daughters Samantha Hardin (Jimmy) and Heidi Weaver, grandchildren Dustin, Ryan, Will, Meaghan, Ben, and Noah, and great grandchild, Kane; and the many close friends Tom has made over the years.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Duck's Unlimited in Tom's name.

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