Harvey Schumacher was born in DeWitt County on
March 4, 1935. He was a hardworking, honest man that loved the simple
things in life. He loved his wife, family, and his many friends. He
enjoyed being in the country, tinkering with tractors, and farming. He
was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus,
Hermann Sons and Turner Hall. Harvey was a man that didn't ask for much,
but took great satisfaction in helping others. When Turkeyfest came
around, you could be sure that Harvey was helping out somewhere, fixing
something that he somehow had a solution for.
During the 100th anniversary of the Turkey Trot in 2012, a way was
needed to transport a flock of turkeys through the
parade. Without being asked, he created a wonderful float made from old
wood, held a turkey cage, plus a corn sheller (which the kids
enthusiastically cranked at the park.) It was exactly what was needed,
and he made it happen. To top it off, he brought his old, yet
beautifully restored tractor to pull the entry through the procession.
It was perfect.
Harvey was honored on the 2013 Turkeyfest button.