Warren E. Schuman
ONEONTA — Warren E. Schuman, 75, of Oneonta, peacefully passed away while surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown following a brief illness.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1938, in Margaretville, the son of the late Elmer and Ann (Lopsicker) Schuman.
On Oct. 13, 1962, Warren married Carole Weir in Cooperstown.
In his younger years, Warren moved around quite a bit, attending school in Oneonta, and then in Madison, where he would graduate high school. During his high school years, Warren traveled and worked alongside his father for the Madison farmer and businessman, Grove Hinman, who was known among other things as being instrumental in the beginning of the Vernon Downs Raceway.
Between traveling and going to school, Warren developed a strong desire to stand and defend his country in the armed services. Even before graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves until he was eligible to go active duty.
After his high school graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and would serve several tours overseas in Korea and other installations. He was very, very proud to be counted as a member of the Army Special Forces Green Berets. In 1960, he received an honorable discharge from the service and set out to begin his civilian life.
Shortly after his discharge from the Army, Warren worked briefly for Shearer’s in Oneonta before working for UPS for several years. In 1967, he and his wife Carole purchased a small moving company in Oneonta called Hayes B-Line. He became the owner and operator of the newly named Schuman B-Line Moving and Storage Company for over 46 years and was still very much involved in the day to day operation until his recent illness.
When he wasn’t working, he was a very devoted outdoorsman. He loved to be out hunting or fishing whenever he could sneak away. But his real passion was being on his farm. Working the fields, bailing hay, mending fences, and especially caring for the animals filled his days.
Warren loved every aspect of his Windswept Farms, it became his favorite and most loved place to be. He could spend hours horseback riding, walking fields, tending to chores. It wasn’t really work because he loved it so much. He also held a large place in his heart for raising dogs, starting first with beagles, the springer spaniels, and eventually labs.
Warren was also involved in the community and many different organizations. He served as Oneonta’s Water Commissioner in the early 1970s. He was also a member of the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta.
Warren is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carole Schuman of Oneonta; his son, Eric Warren Schuman, and his wife Dawn, of Oneonta; his daughter, Dr. Catherine Carole Schuman of Arlington, Mass.; his two beautiful twin granddaughters, Sabonne and Simone Schuman of Oneonta; and many cousins.
Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Phil Livermore, officiating. Immediately following the service at the funeral home, a ceremony to celebrate the man, the myth, and the legend will be held at his farm on Southside Drive, Oneonta.
In lieu of flowers, Warren’s family requests that charitable donations please be made in his memory to New York Sate Nature Conservancy, 195 New Karner Road, Suite 200, Albany, NY 12205.
To light a candle or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit the website www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.