Lance Milton Shumaker passed away on June 22, 2020 at the age of 66, following complications of ALS. He fought bravely for two long years, not knowing that the Foot Drop he suffered from for several years was the beginning sign of this horrible disease known to many as Lou Gehrig's. He was happily married to the love of his life and best friend, Sharon Shumaker for 39 incredible years.
Lance is survived by his wife Sharon, son Tyler, Tyler's fiancé Jennifer Malinowski and her son, Talon, brother Dallas Shumaker and his daughter Sarah Cox, his Aunt Janie and Uncle Tom of West Virginia, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. Lance was a devoted and loving husband, father, and friend who prided himself on family and relationships.
Lance was born in Princeton, West Virginia to Dorothy and "Zeke" Shumaker. They eventually ended up in St. Louis, Missouri where Lance graduated from Parkway Central High School in 1972. After attending Meramac College and the University of Missouri, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and worked in the dental field, with Ransom and Randolph as a sales representative. In 1985, Lance and Sharon moved to Kennesaw, Georgia where he began his long and storied career in the printing industry, later making their home in Woodstock, Georgia.
Lance spent over 34 years with several companies in the printing industry, continuously advancing roles from a National Sales Manager to Vice President of Sales to President of Sales and finally as the Senior Executive. Lance was always on the forefront of technology during his career including spearheading the start-up Indigo and furthering his career with a 15-year leadership role with Advanced Vision Technology. Lance was able to successfully grow the companies he was involved with by expanding their sales and marketing efforts into North America, Mexico, South America, and Latin America. The ultimate key to his success was by building long-term personal and professional relationships with every outside client and internal team member. It would literally be impossible to find anyone who came into contact with Lance during those 34 years who would have anything but great stories, admiration for his character and a smile on their face when recalling their dealings with Lance.
Lance and Sharon had a passion for traveling and spent considerable time in the Caribbean, Israel, France, England, Thailand, Fiji, throughout the U.S, and on many cruises. Lance loved tennis, golf, snow skiing, fast cars, and a great game of cards or shooting pool. He mostly enjoyed beating everyone at those games and was keen to keep track and remind you of his successes. Lance was loved by all who knew him, and his laugher captivated a room. He had a charismatic personality and a beautiful smile that was contagious. He touched the lives of so many with his generosity and passion for life.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lance at a later date that has yet to be decided. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to the ALS Association to help others fight this neurodegenerative disease, in hopes of one day finding a cure for others.
Lance will be missed by all.
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