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Gene Arnold Schuman

Birth Date: March 31, 1938
Death Date: February 27, 2018

Gene Arnold Schuman, Sr, 79, of Decatur, IL, died at his residence, February 27, 2018.

Gene was born March 31, 1938 in Decatur, IL, the son of John and Rosalie (Nichols) Schuman. Gene was a veteran of the USAF. He married Sophia Marlene Bledsaw on October 1, 1966 in Decatur, IL. She preceded him in death on July 6, 2000. He then married Marcella Dodd on November 2014. She preceded him in death on February 11, 2018.

Gene worked as a sales supervisor for Burks Pump. He attended Decatur 1st Church of the Nazarene. He loved playing Bingo, cards, bowling and slots.

Gene is survived by his children, Earl Wright (Renee) of Decatur, Dorothy Born (Gerald,Sr.) of Decatur, IL, Gayle Crawley (Don, Jr.) of Decatur, IL, Phillip Wright (Cathy) of Decatur, IL, Sherry Hulet (Robert) of Otsego, MI, Lori Wood of Decatur, IL, Gene Schuman, Jr (Carmela) of Riverton, IL; sisters, Maxine Estell of Decatur, IL, Shirley McDuffie of Fisher, IL, Darrell Schuman (Lynne) of Beaufort, SC, 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by 8 brothers and one granddaughter, Jessica.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be two hours prior to service time.

Condolences may be left to the family at

Funeral Service
March 6, 2018
11:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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March 6, 2018
9:00 am
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Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Gene has been a big part of our lives. So many times I would be watching over Gene and to find him last night has been heartbreaking. Skyler and I may have only been his great-niece and great-great niece but we were closer than those labels. We will miss having him at our family holidays and birthdays. Friday night we spent the evening together and had a great time. We discussed our upcoming birthdays and the future. Gene was not only our family but our friend. I told the "old man" to lock his door and he finally listened to me. That deadbolt worked but not enough to keep us from trying to help you. I know you loved us and appreciated everything we did for you and Marty.

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