Schumacher, Robert H. Age 80. Died peacefully at home with family on April 14, 2016. Robert was born January 21, 1936 in Minneapolis on a then record-setting -34 degree morning, the son of Hector and Anne Franey Schumacher. Survived by family members Denise, sons John (Elizabeth Franklin) and Tom (Susan Naughton), brother James (Kathy), sister Irene McConville (Charles), and grandchildren Charles, Marcella, Celeste, Linnea Schaefer, Marie Claire and David, and preceded in death by daughter Anne Marie. Robert graduated from Cretin High School in St. Paul, taking a street car and often hitch-hiking to get to school from his South Minneapolis home. He graduated from St. Thomas College in 1957, and passed the Minnesota bar exam in 1962 after graduating from William Mitchell Law School. He practiced law with his brother in Minneapolis until Governor Wendell Anderson appointed him Hennepin County Judge in 1974. He later became Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge. In 1986 he was appointed to be one of the first appellate judges on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where he served until his retirement in 2006. Robert was the lively center of many civic and social circles. He provided limitless guidance and spiritual support to those around him throughout his lifetime. He treated everyone, at every level, with dignity and respect. Fellow golf, card, handball, and backgammon players enjoyed his playful banter and healthy competition. Robert was active in his church, charities, and communities. Robert loved and nurtured the outdoors (planting hundreds of acorns and tree seedlings), summers with his family and friends at his cabin in northern Minnesota, cookies and ice cream treats, joking with daughter Anne's friends, and buying something the family didn't need at an auction. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Friday, April 22, with visitation one hour prior to Mass, at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis. Visitation on Thursday, April 21, 5:00-8:00 PM at: Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St & Hwy 100

Published on April 20, 2016

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