Tombstone Tuesday-Harold P. & Leahline P. (Case) Schumm

Harold & Leahline (Case) Schumm, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Harold P. and Leahline P. (Case) Schumm, located in row 10 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Harold P.
Leahline P.

Harold Paul Schumm was born at Schumm on 2 Sep 1921, the second of three children born to Oscar Albert (1890-1984) and Hilda Marie (Schumm) Schumm (1883-1974). Harold was baptized at Zion Lutheran Schumm by Rev. R.O. Bienert on 11 September 1921, with Victor A. Schumm and Paul E. Schumm serving as his sponsors.     

The Oscar Schumm family in 1930: Oscar, 39, head; Hilda, 46, wife; Hildred, 13, daughter; Harold, 8, son; Roman, 5, son; and Maria Schumm, 74. Maria (Heffner) Schumm was Oscar’s widowed mother. [1]

The Oscar Schumm family in 1940: Oscar, 43, farmer; Hilda, 56; Hildred, 23; Harold, 18; and Roman, 15. [2]

Harold Schumm had completed one year of high school, was working as a farmer and thresher, and living at home with his parents when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He enlisted as a private in Toledo, Ohio, on 21 August 1942. [3] During the war Harold was admitted to a convalescent hospital from January-March 1945, suffering from trench foot caused by reduced temperatures, as well as infectious jaundice/hepatitis. [4] Harold was honorably discharged from the Army 28 October 1845 and returned to his family’s home in Willshire Township.

The Oscar Schumm family in 1950: Oscar A Schumm, 59, head, laborer; Hilda M, 66, wife: Hildred M, 33, daughter; Harold P, 28, son, laborer; and Roman B, 25, son. [5]

Harold Schumm married Leahline Pearl Case at Zion Schumm on 1 May 1954, married by Rev. Werner P. Kuhlberg. Witnesses to the marriage were R. Schumm and Beverly Case.

Leahline Pearl Case was born in Mercer County, Ohio, 3 January 1930, the daughter of Earl (1882-1961) and Huldah Jane (Brunstetter) Case (1883-1940. The family lived near Willshire.

The Earl Case family in 1930, residing in Black Creek Township, Mercer County: Earl, 48; Huldah, 47; Voyd, 20; Daimon, 18; Madonna, 16; Joyce, 14; Helen, 10; Luther, 5; and Leahline, 3 months. The father Earl was a pumper for an oil company. [6]

Their mother Huldah Case died 4 February 1940. The Earl Case family in the 1940 census: Earl, 57; Luther, 14; and Leahline, 11. Earl was a farmer. [7] Both Luther and Leahline Case lived with their father in 1950 as well. Leahline had completed 12 years of school and was not employed in 1950. [8]

Harold and Leahline married in 1954 and resided in Mercer County, on U.S. 33 between Hill and Jordan Roads.

Leahline (Case) Schumm died from colon cancer at the Van Wert County Hospital 26 December 1981. She was buried on the 29th. [9]

Harold Schumm died in St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima, Ohio, from a heart attack on 11 January 1988. His brother Roman Schumm died later that same day.  

Harold P. Schumm and Roman Schumm
Rockford-Harold P. Schumm, 66, of here, died at 12:10 a.m. Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center. His brother, Roman Schumm, 63, of Willshire, died at 3:57 p.m. Monday at Van Wert County Hospital following an apparent heart attack.

Harold Schumm was born Sept. 2, 1921. Roman Schumm was born May 12, 1934. They were both born in Van Wert County, the sons of Oscar and Hildegard Schumm Schumm.

On May 1, 1954, Harold Schumm married Leahline Case who died Dec. 26, 1981.

Harold Schumm was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Schumm and the Rockford American Legion Post.

Roman Schumm was a farmer. He was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post of Willshire and Zion Lutheran church. He was also a World War II veteran.

Harold Schumm’s survivors include two sons, Jim Schumm of Rockford and John Schumm at home; a daughter, Kay Schumm at home; and three grandchildren.

Harold and Roman Schumm’s sister, Hildred Schumm, survives in Willshire.

Joint funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Pastor Gary Luderman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation for Harold Schumm will be until 9 tonight at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Visitation for Roman Schumm will be 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial contributions in the name of Harold Schumm may be made to the Wren Emergency Medical Squad or Van Wert Visiting Nurses Association.

Memorials in the name of Roman Schumm may be made to the Wren Emergency Medical Squad. [10]

Harold Schumm had two siblings: Hildred Schumm (1916-2004) and Roman Schumm (1924-1988).

Harold and Leahline (Case) Schumm had three children:
James Schumm, married Karen (1955-201)
Kay Schumm
John Schumm

[1] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.2B, dwelling 42, family 43, Oscar Schumm; digital image,, viewed 1 Nov 2020.

[2] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.4B, house visited 81, Oscar Schumm; digital image,, viewed 25 Oct 2020.

[3] Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946, NAID: 1263923, Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789-ca. 2007, Record Group 64, Box Number 09263, Reel, 348, Harold Schumm; and Draft Registration Cards for Ohio, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947, Records of the Selective Service System 147, box 1287, Harold Paul Schumm;, viewed 10 Jul 2023.

[4] Hospital Admission Card Files, ca. 1970, NAI: 570973, Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), 1775-1994, Record Group 112, NARA, Harold P Schumm;, viewed 10 Jul 2023.

[5] 1950 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-40, p.16, dwelling 232, Oscar A Schumm; digital image,, viewed 3 Oct 2022.  

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 1, p.3B, dwelling & family 62, Earl Case;, viewed 10 Jul 2023.

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-1, p.4B, household 85, Earl Case;, viewed 10 Jul 2023.

[8] 1950 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 54-1, sheet 25, Earl Case;, viewed 10 Jul 2023.

[9] “Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001,” Van Wert County Death Certificates, 1908-1989, Leahline Schumm, 26 December 1981.  

[10] The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 12 Jan 1988, Harold P. & Roman Schumm;, viewed 10 Jul 2023.

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