Brian Ray Schumacher
September 06, 1968 - June 22, 2023
Obituary For Brian Ray Schumacher
Brian was born in Seattle, Washington to Irene and Ray Schumacher.
He was a delightful, happy baby, dearly loved by his family. He grew up in the pacific northwest between Oregon and Washington. He got to go on fishing adventures to many locations with family on their commercial fishing boat. He was involved in 4H, boyscouts, and raising animals. He attended school in Astoria, Oregon and graduated in 1987 from Knappa High School. After high school, he managed his family's BP service station until he moved to Seattle to work in the auto parts industry and be closer to his dad.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles, ATVs, and bikes all over. He loved being outdoors when he could. He enjoyed target shooting and four wheeling in the woods. He enjoyed bowling. He could name any rock or pop music from the 80's, always rocking out to to loud music! His automotive knowledge he gained from his personal love of cars, and stepfather Bob Kier, a mechanic, was invaluable and he eagerly shared his skills. Brian was a GM Certified mechanic.
Over the years, he continued to work in auto-parts and delivery and developed several long-standing friendships all over. Many of his friends considered him a best friend and beloved brother of many years including Carl, Bob, and Matt.
He was married twice, first to Lori Haun, Washington; and then Mary Rusk, Oregon. He divorced them both. He had two girls which he selflessly, and bravely gave up for adoption. He wanted to be a father and dearly loved his daughters, Madison and Kiley. He made sure they knew how proud he was and how much he loved them.
Brian was always ready to help people. He enjoyed working on cars and talking cars and stereo sound systems with his friends. He would help anyone he could with small engine repair, car repair, and yard maintenance. When he was able, he would do maintenance on his sister Katharine's cars and equipment. He was great at giving advice to his nephew on weed eating and equipment care.
Even though his health was failing, he tried however he could to help family and friends. As his health required multiple weekly appointments, his ability to visit family and friends declined. This was hard on him and his family. He missed contact with his family and regularly spoke to them on the phone.
Although his death was unexpected, he passed away peacefully, with his loyal dog, Muttley, by his side.
He had many hopes and dreams and wanted to see his nieces and nephews grow up. His love for his family was immense and he often reached out to many family members to let them know he was thinking of them.
He is survived by his mother Irene Stratemeyer of Tensed, Idaho; His sister Katharine Mather, and her children Hannah, Addison, Kielee, and Samuel of Astoria, Oregon; His sister Amanda Arrington and her children Andre Moore and Myah Arrington; a large extended family, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his dad Ray Schumacher.
Brian had excellent stories he shared over the years involving his crazy shenanigans. He loved fireworks, campfires, talking cars and music, and hanging out with family and friends. He was God fearing and at peace.
A Celebration of Life will be planned at a future date in both Astoria, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.
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June 29, 2023