Ralph Edgar Schumann

June 7, 1928October 11, 2018

Ralph Edgar Schumann, 90, died October 11, 2018. Ralph was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on June 7, 1928, the third of four boys born to the late Fentrus M. Shaw and Andrew W. Schumann.

In 1950, Ralph was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers proudly serving in the U. S. Army Reserve through 1960. Ralph graduated from The Ohio State University in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While in college he was recognized as an accomplished marksman with the Rifle team and was also a member of the Triangle Fraternity. After graduating, Ralph moved to Columbus to start a 35 year career with Cummins Engine Company in which he was a key contributor to the company’s creation of the NH Engine. In 1954, Ralph married Nancy Snyder, and they made a beautiful life together, raising 4 children in the Columbus community.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Snyder Schumann, his parents, and two brothers, Thomas G. and John A. Schumann.

Ralph is survived by his children, daughter Marilynn Cullison (Thomas) Swansboro, NC, son Fritz (Anne) West Chester, PA, daughters, Sally Hirsch (Daniel) Denver, CO and Kathy Kok (Hans) Carmel, IN; as well as six grandchildren: Catherine Cullison Culver (Matthew), Andy Cullison, Natalie and Claire Schumann, Caden Hirsch and Will Kok; and great grandson, Easton Culver. He is also survived by his brother, Carl R. Schumann.

The First United Methodist Church will miss his beautiful voice, where he sang in the choir for over 60 years. He was a dedicated member of the Columbus Evening Kiwanis, acting as their scholarship chairman for over 25 years. He also served on the Bartholomew County Drainage Board.

He was a true outdoorsman, and passed this love of nature on to his children and grandchildren. For 43 years, he was joined by family and friends, for an annual fishing, canoeing and camping adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. An accomplished trap shooter, placing at the Grand Nationals, Ralph was a proud lifetime and Golden Eagle member of the National Rifle Association. Ralph loved hunting and fishing, and he made sure his children and grandchildren learned how to fish, paddle a canoe, hunt for morel mushrooms and tap a maple tree. A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth Street, Columbus, IN. Private inurnment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. The family will receive online condolences at

Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church Schumann Piano Performance Fund or the First United Methodist Church.


  • First United Methodist Church Schumann Piano Performance Fund
  • First United Methodist Church


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 27, 2018

Ralph Edgar Schumann

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Hugh Mickel

October 26, 2018

I've had the honor to know, observe and admire Mr. Schumann and his entire family as a boy growing up nearby, and as an adult after recently moving back to Terrace Lake. He was always a terrific role model as a family patriarch and as a supportive steward of our community. It will be tough not to think of him and smile every time we tackle a project, have a lake meeting of any kind, or whenever I go ice skating, go for a swim, or a hike in the woods. Love and Grace to all of Ralph's family...

Tamara Kiel

October 25, 2018

My heart is with each of you as I am experiencing mixed feelings of love and loss. I have loved your family and your parents for many years and hold each memory dear. It was my honor to share your time together as a family during your very special anniversary gathering. I love my beautiful friend, Kathy, and send the warmest thoughts to each of you. I will always remember both Ralph and Nancy so fondly.

Brad Grayson

October 19, 2018

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. God’s heavenly choir gained a great man.
Seeing the Schumann name in the paper stirred up lots of fond high school memories .
I pray the Holy Spirit will comfort your family in this time.

Rolf Scholz

October 14, 2018

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family upon the passing of Ralph Schumann whom I got to know well while we were working at Cummins Engine Co.
Ralph was instrumental in the continued development of the NH engine which was the main product of Cummins, and under his leadership the NH engine underwent initial modifications to lower its gaseous emissions.
Ralph was always easy to talk with, and a rich source of practical engineering know-how. He was a true gentleman who took the time to help me to understand technical issues of the NH engine.
I will keep Ralph in my memory as a true friend and colleague.

Angie Sanders Green

October 14, 2018

I will always fondly remember growing up on Terrace Lake and Mr Schumann testing the ice for thickness for ice skating. We would watch from our house across the lake as he drilled into the ice and as soon as he went he into the house my sister Jenny would call Kathy and get the verdict. No one dared to skate unless Mr Schumann gave the ok. It was a Terrace Lake rule!
What a wonderful man he was.

mike and diane wood

October 14, 2018

We were Brown County neighbors of Ralph and Nancy for many years. We could not have asked for better neighbors and friends. There were lots of good conversations and visits with them. We could always tell if Ralph was there at his cabin because he would be mowing, cutting fire wood or making his famous Schumann's maple syrup, which he was so proud of. He has a special place in our heart and we have many fond memories of him.

Jim Weddle

October 14, 2018

I can remember at a young age, fishing at Terrace Lake Ralph standing with me giving me tips. Always kind to me and genuinely interested in sharing his fishing tips and ice skating skills. Forever a gentleman and he and Nancy will always be in my memories.