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Obituary: William Schuman



Posted April 3, 2002
William R. (Bill) Schuman, 68, died March 4, 2002 at his home in Wentzville, Mo. Schuman and his wife, Betty, were long-time exhibitors of Hackney ponies, roadsters and American Saddlebreds. The Schumans enjoyed success under the guidance of Roy Sutton with such notables as Hia Leah, Politician and Super Sport. In the early 1970s the ponies were trained by Gib Marcucci including the champion harness pony mare, Victory Lane.

In 1977, the Schumans retained Jimmy Miller to relocate from Iowa to train for them privately in Wentzville. For seven years the team amassed hundreds of championships across the country with such champions as Reedann’s Linebacker, Reedann’s Starfire, Dun-Haven Infatuation, Dun-Haven Sweet Sensation, Tijuana Jubilee, Standing Ovation, The Grandstander, and Andiamo. When Miller opened a public training operation the Schumans joined him and continued their success with greats such as My Heart, Don’t Tell Mama, Downtown Brown and Sundance. Schuman particularly enjoyed showing road horses, as well as watching his wife compete in the Hackney and Harness pony divisions.

Bill Schuman will be remembered for his enjoyment of the many years spent in the horse business acquiring friends across the country. When the Schumans ceased to actively show horses and ponies, they continue to enjoy horse shows as spectators.

Bill Schuman was the former co-owner of Wm. A. Schuman Paving Company and the current co-owner of Gold Star Paving, Wentzville, Mo. Schuman is survived by his wife Betty, his mother, three children; William Schuman, Jr., Sheree Grapenthin and Kathy Joerling, one brother, and three sisters and five grandchildren.

Services were held March 8 at the Dardenne Presbyterian Church in O' Fallon, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Dardenne Presbyterian Church, c/o Pittman Funeral Home P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, Mo 63385.

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