Don Perry Schuman, 73, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Dumas Memorial Hospital. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at First Baptist Church with Pastor Keith Hight officiating. Family burial will follow at Dumas Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Directors.
Donnie was Born September 3, 1944 to Fritz and Linnie (Schlee) Schuman in Dumas, TX. He grew up and remained in Dumas starting farming and ranching entities soon after graduating Dumas High School in 1963. While in high school he was part of the '61 and '62 Texas State champion football team. Donnie was mentored by his two older brothers, Joe and Dale Schuman. Along with many other Moore County agricultural pioneers, brothers Joe and Dale took Donnie under their wings and helped him to get established in and successful at farming and ranching. In the mid 90's Donnie established and grew a very successful restaurant and beverage establishment known as the Branding Iron. Donnie's welcoming and friendly personality, along with good food, became a reason for people to return time and again to the Branding Iron. The regulars knew to enter through the back door of the establishment. A sign over the door read 'Uncle Donnie's Back Door'. From then on the many folks in the community began to know him as 'Uncle' Donnie. The 'back door' to Donnie's home is still open today for anybody that wants to sit and visit, work through troubles, or address any needs.
'Uncle' Donnie Schuman was a man of the community. He handed out his business card that stated his profession as 'Professional BS'er". But Donnie's true mission in life was to make each and every person feel special, to lift them up, to encourage, and most importantly..make them smile. He performed and completed his task without concern for race, creed, religion, sex, age, or status. There are many good deeds and helping hand gestures that were never spoken of and were never meant to be spoken of. Donnie measured his success by the number of friends he could make. If you were a friend of Donnie's, you were a friend for life. Honor him.
Donnie was married in 1964 to Jerrie Marie Howe who resides in Amarillo, TX. They had two sons. Jeffery Don Schuman and Thomas Fred 'Mutt' Schuman (Mutt and Jeff).
Through transitions in life Donnie has been with his life partner Barbara Mulanax for 21 years. Donnie and Barbara enjoyed entertaining family and friends, spending time with each other cooking, and traveling to some of Donnie's favorite places.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, brother Dale Schuman, brother Joe Schuman, nephew Robby Schuman, and son Jeff Schuman.
Donnie is survived by long time life partner Barbara Mulanax. Son and daughter-in-law Mutt and Christen Schuman, parents to grandson Jeffery Rhett Schuman. Grandson Nicholas Joe Schuman, father to great granddaughter Emberly Joe Schuman. Granddaughter Jessica Cheyenne (Schuman) Gerhardt married to Stephen Gerhardt. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews. And loved ones that consider 'Uncle' Donnie a member of the family.
Memorials may be made to Middlewell Methodist Church, 5859 Road W, Channing, TX 79018.