John Shumaker

John F. Shumaker, 81, of Topeka, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at his home.

He was born March 10, 1937, in Sabetha, the son of Chester H. “Taters” and Emma (Erhardt) Shumaker.

John graduated from Wetmore High School in 1955. He also attended Kansas State University and later graduated from Washburn University in 1959 with an accounting degree.

He worked for Mizehouser Accounting and as an office manager for Hamm Quarries. He retired from the State of Kansas as a tax auditor after 20 years.

John married JoAnn Eileen Holland on April 20, 1957, in Centralia. They celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn of the home; son, Roger (Susan) Shumaker of Topeka; daughter, Janis (Eric) Ackerman of Topeka; a sister, Dona Bell of Wetmore; four grandchildren, Brandon Blanco, Brooke Ackerman and Ryan and Eric Shumaker; and one great-grandchild, Tatum Blanco.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Shumaker; and an infant sister, Bertha Shumaker.

Graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Wetmore Cemetery. Family will greet friends 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Memorials may be given to the Helping Hands Humane Society c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

The Sabetha Herald 9/12/2018


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