GHT father killed in crash

(Updated at 9:27 a.m. Sunday) A 37-year-old Grand Haven Township father perished in a two-vehicle crash in Muskegon County on Saturday afternoon. Muskegon County deputies said the driver who caused the crash was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Tribune Staff
Jun 17, 2012


Deputies were called to Heights-Ravenna Road near Ensley Road in Sullivan Township at 4:20 p.m. Saturday. Police said a pickup truck driver was trying to pass another vehicle on Heights-Ravenna Road in rainy conditions when he lost control and hit a 2007 Ford Focus driven by John Shumaker.

Shumaker died at the scene. His daughter was taken to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon with non-life-threatening injuries.

The pickup truck driver was treated at the hospital then taken to the Muskegon County Jail, where he's facing charges for operating while under the influence, resulting in death, police told WZZM-TV.

Just prior to the crash, at 4:19 p.m., Shumaker's wife, Amanda, posted a mobile picture on her Facebook page of a rain-covered windshield  and wrote, "Holy raining in Ravanna."

Shumaker was a father and husband who enjoyed spending time with his family playing sports, coaching, camping and other outdoor activities. He and his wife celebrated their 11-year anniversary last week.

Notes of support and prayers appeared on Facebook as soon as news of this tragedy spread throughout the community. All expressed their heartfelt condolences and well wishes for the Shumaker family.

"We wake with heavy hearts this morning, still stunned by yesterday's tragedy. We lost a member of our NOYSA and Sabercats family. Please keep Amanda Daniels-Shumaker, Maddie, and Kaitlyn in your prayers, as they have lost their devoted father and husband. The girls will play their games today, but do so with a void and sadness in their hearts," wrote a friend of Shumaker.   "Our love thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls during this very sad time. May God bring you strength and comfort for the days ahead. Love and Prayers," another commenter wrote.

"Eternal light grant upon them and let perpetual light shine ... holding you close in our hearts," another commenter wrote.

Shumaker coached with the North Ottawa Youth Softball Association, and the association wrote this on their Facebook page: 

"NOYSA Family: Traumatically, the unfathomable has happened within NOYSA. On the way home from a cancelled 10U pool play game in Ravenna yesterday, John Shumaker was hit head on by a driver who was in John’s lane. His oldest daughter, Madison, was in the vehicle as well. Madison is doing fine from an injury standpoint, other than a few bruises and scrapes. John has passed away. The driver of the other vehicle, allegedly, will be pursued for criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Madison survived the accident due in large part to John’s instincts of protecting her when the crash was inevitable. His fatherly instincts no doubt saved his daughter's life. The Shumakers were huge NOYSA supporters. For the past two seasons, both Amanda and John could be seen at all of Madison’s and Kaitlynn’s games, either helping coach, do the book, or help in the dugout. The family has embraced their daughters’ softball opportunities and sacrificed selflessly throughout the year to provide every opportunity presented to them. Father’s Day will never be the same for Kaitlynn or Madison. Today, I ask that you take time out of your Father’s Day to pray for and support the Shumakers."   If you knew John Shumaker, and would like to talk about what he meant to this community, please e-mail reporter Krystle Wagner at Krystle is working on a tribute story about John.



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