On the morning of Monday, October 23rd, 2023, Rick passed from this life to the next at his home due to complications from cancer treatment. Rick was 65 years old.
Rick was born on January 12th, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Clintonville. Born to father (Frederick D Shumaker) and mother (Clarice “Petey” Shumaker), he grew up alongside his brother (Charles Lonewolf) and sister (Michele Shumaker), all of whom he loved deeply and sacrificially.
Early on in life, Rick developed a love for basketball, OSU football, and the Cleveland Browns. He married Mary Shumaker (formerly McCabe) in 1985 and soon started a family thereafter. His children–Kristina Patch (38), Cameron Shumaker (35) and Katie Adams (31)–were loved greatly by him. Rick and his family enjoyed vacationing annually to various places around the United States, whether it was Florida to visit his sister in Naples, North Carolina mountains, Put-in-Bay, or Niagara Falls to name a few. Rick also enjoyed coaching his kids’ sports teams such as basketball, softball, and baseball. One of his favorite pastimes with his family was to get pizza at “Ledo’s” and walk over to Carriage Place afterwards to watch a movie all together. Rick loved to create traditions (like orange rolls on Christmas and the 4th of July fireworks at Whetstone Park) and provide many experiences for his children and wife to enjoy together.
He built and enjoyed community around his passions including sports, music, cooking, gardening and hosting, and he had a unique expertise for creating an environment of warmth, love, humor and cheer in his home where he hosted friends and family over the years. He worked hard to give his family memories of happy music, rich food, a beautifully landscaped yard, and warm greetings in his home. Many friends of his children benefited also from his hospitality over the years. He was known for his “dad jokes” and love of the blues. Above his love of fantasy football, cooking, and lawn care was his love for his family and friends to whom he devoted so much of his time, attention, and resources.
In 2011, Rick made the once and for all decision to begin a personal relationship with the God of the Bible through belief in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. This came after many years of struggling with the idea of needing forgiveness from a perfect and fair God. Since then, the last 12 years of his life have included even more generosity, hospitality, humor and service for those around him. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. He is now “absent from the body and… at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 7:8), no doubt continuing his love of hospitality by adding his own unique touches to the home of Heaven.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, three children, two sons-in-law (Jason Patch and Brian Adams), five grandchildren (Ady and Ezra Patch, Holden, Theo, and Roman Adams), sister, and many other friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father (Fred), mother (Petey), and brother (Charles).
There will be a memorial held November 24th at 600 E Oakland Park Ave. Columbus, OH 43214. The family will receive guests at 3pm with the memorial service starting at 3:45pm followed by dinner and a celebration of life. Flowers or cards can be sent to 5270 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43235.
The family wishes to thank everyone for the generous encouragement, support, and assistance they have received during this difficult time.
Funeral services were provided by Shaw-Davis Funeral Home