Dr. Schumacher passed away December 13, 2018
January 4, 1936 – December 13, 2018
Weldon D. Schumacher ’62 was born in Tacoma, Washington on January 4, 1936, and passed away in Lodi on December 13, 2018. Dr. Schumacher was a prominent physician, cherry grower, and member of the Lodi community for many years.
Dr. Schumacher graduated from Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University School of Medicine. After doing graduate work, he practiced in Glendale, California, until 1966 at which time he was drafted into the United States Army. The Army deployed him to Vietnam where, as a Captain, he was responsible for the immediate acute care of casualties off of the battlefields for which he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1968, he and his wife, Joanne, moved to Lodi where he established his practice of family medicine.
While in private practice, Dr. Schumacher was active in the local medical organizations, including memberships in San Joaquin Medical Society, California Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Family Practice. He served as a member and chairman of the board of directors and chief of staff of Lodi Community Hospital. He was an active leader in the expansion and modernization of the hospital.
Dr. Schumacher and his wife were active members of the English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist church in Lodi where he served in a variety of capacities, including the church board and chairman of the fundraising committee. Dr. Schumacher was a founder and supporter of the Lodi Education Endowment Foundation.
Over the years, Dr. Schumacher was an active member of the Lodi community, including memberships and services to the Community Concert Association, Lodi Executive Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding director and served as vice chairman for Bank of Lodi and First Financial Bancorp.
Dr. Schumacher was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joanne, and is survived by his daughter, Cindy Lou Laughlin, and grandchildren, Kelsi Ward and Brian Laughlin.