Merle Schumacher, age 79, of Fargo, ND, died on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo. Merle was born on August 28, 1928 in Grand Forks, ND to Peter and Hazel (Bateman) Schumacher. Merle grew up and attended school in Reynolds, ND. Merle joined the Army at the age of 18 and served in Germany. Merle Schumacher married Joyce Bohlman on June 15, 1949 at St. Michael?s Catholic Church in Grand Forks, ND. Merle did pest control for Lystad?s in Minot, ND, for 32 years. He was transferred to Fargo in September 1981 and retired as the area manager of Ecolab in 1992 after 45 years with the company. After retirement Merle and Joyce would spend winters in Arizona and summers in Fargo. He was a member of the 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Fargo American Legion and parishioner of St. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church. He loved golf and it was his job after retirement. Merle is survived by his wife, Joyce of Fargo; children, Dean (Penny) Schumacher of East Grand Forks, MN, Wayne (Lou Ann) Schumacher of Wahpeton, ND, Laure (Fritz) Zirbel of Detroit Lakes, MN, Julie Fadness of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Amanda (Brent) Amundson, Heather (Brandon) Vandervort, Andy (Sarah) Zirbel, Zach (Natasha) Zirbel, Dirk Schumacher, Wayne Schneider, Stuart (Melissa) Schumacher, Joe (Tammy) Schneider, Bridgett Fadness, Mattie Fadness; great-grandchildren, Jonah Vandervort, Olivia Zirbel; brothers, Lyle (Rosalie) Schumacher of Grand Forks, Charles (Marie) Schumacher of Devils Lake, ND, Robert (Liz) Schumacher of Reynolds. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Hazel, daughter, Jane Anne, and son-in-law, Marty Fadness. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Merle Schumacher Memorial Fund. Visitation: 6-7:30 pm Thursday June 19, 2008 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Prayer Service: 7:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass: 10:00 am Friday June 20, 2008 at St. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo. Interment: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo ND. Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook at

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