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Charles, 92, of Snohomish, Washington, died on March 17, 2012. He was born September 4, 1919, in Bluffton, Ohio, where he graduated from the Bluffton High School before attending Bluffton College and the University of Cincinnati where, in 1943, he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He registered for the draft on October 16, 1940, and, as a member of one of the Peace Churches, he was in the Civilian Public Service during WWII. Charles jumped at Missoula for two seasons and had 21 jumps. After his release he worked one tour on the "cattle boats" bringing livestock to Poland. His first job was with Firestone in Akron, Ohio, where he also got his Master's degree at the University of Akron. From there he moved to California to work for Bechtel for the next 35 years spending time in Australia, England and Sandi Arabia. Charles was later hired out of retirement to work on a master plan for utilization of the world's largest gas fields in Qatar. He is buried at the Floral Hills Cemetery in Lynnwood, Washington



Publication Date

August 2020


Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries


Forest Management

Smokejumper Obituary: Schumacher, Charles Emerson (Missoula 1944)