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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Ronald Paul Shumake

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  • Ronald Paul Shumake, 65, of Hannibal, Missouri, died at 11:36 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal. Father Mike Quinn will officiate.
    Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church.
    Burial with Full Military Honors by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55 will be at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.
    The James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal is in charge of arrangements.
    Ronald was born December 5, 1948, in St. Louis, MO to Lindell Paul and Modesta Hollender Shumake.
    Survivors include his father, Rev. Mr. Lindell P. Shumake of Hannibal, MO; and 11 brothers & sisters, Lindell Shumake (Lydia), Joan Albright (Bill), Judy Spratt (Charlie), Susan Melson (Ron), Mary Carol Long (Gary), Fred Shumake, James Shumake (Tori), Rita Lindsey, Joseph Shumake, Teresa Moll (Tim) and Patricia Riney (Steve) and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
    He is preceded in death by his mother, Modesta “Dusty” Shumake.
    Ronald was a graduate of the Hannibal High School Class of 1967.  He was a United States Army Veteran, having served his country during the Vietnam Era. Ronald served from 1968 to 1970 in the military police at Sandia Bose, New Mexico.
    After his days in the service, Ronnie pursued a career as a professional musician and played bass for a number of groups including Freddie Tieken and Rockers and  Ilmo Smokehouse, and many others.  Bassist Ronnie “The Iceman” Shumake began his professional career working R & B clubs in St. Louis, MO, the birthplace of the blues.  He moved to Los Angeles to accept a gig with The Blossoms and has since gone on to play with Willie Nelson, Danny Gatton, Gary Muledeer, Papa John Creech, Delaney Bramlett, John Lee Hooker, Reed Gratz, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Gaines, Bill Medley, Ray Price, Roger Miller, The Crystals, Harvey Mandel, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, Lester Chambers, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Doug Kershaw and Canned Heat.  With the “Master of the Telecaster,” Danny Gatton, he co-authored, Sky King which is featured on the late virtuoso’s Unfinished Business and Crusin’ Deuces albums. The Iceman has performed with the Dallas, El Paso, and Houston Symphony Orchestras and appeared on numerous television shows including Austin City Limits, Soundstage, HBO Las Vegas and Farm Aid.  For more than a dozen years, he served as musical director for country music legend Roger Miller and, as a former member of Canned Heat, he is featured in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll.
    Ronald returned to the region from California after a career in music and touring all over the world in 2003 and lived in New London, MO. He then enjoyed playing with a number of local groups and had many local musician friends.
    Page 2 of 2 - Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Arts Council for Musical Arts or God’s Harvesters in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
    Online condolences may be made and video tribute viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com

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