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Seaward A. Shuman

April 25, 1927 ~ September 6, 2017 (age 90)
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Seaward A. Shuman, age 90, formerly of Mineral City, Bowerston, and Sherrodsville Ohio, died   Wednesday, September 6, 2017 in the Sycamore Run Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Millersburg, Ohio.

He was born April 25, 1927 in Flushing, Ohio and was the son of the late Francis Ernest and Jessie Augustus Calhoun Shuman.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Katie Rebecca Denslow Shuman,  who died April 20, 2004 and his second wife Genevieve Elifritz Caldwell Shuman, who died February 23, 2013, a daughter, Arla Jean Sickles, a son James E. Shuman, three sisters Daisy Phillips, Wilma Mazzoleni,  and Meda May, four brothers Clifford,  Rev. Lomas A., Vernard, and Floyd Shuman, and a step-daughter Mildred Paul. 

He retired in 1989 as an electrician from Gradall  Industries, Inc. after 30 years of service. He also served as a pastor at several churches during his lifetime.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the Dachau Crimes Unit in Germany.  Seaward was a charter member of the Singing Wheels and Christian Motorcycle Clubs and a former member of both the Pomona and Prosperity Granges where he served as the Grange Pastor and helped operate the Grange Food Stand at the Tuscarawas County Fair.  He performed with the Shuman Quartet, a vocal group comprised of his brothers. He was a charter member of the Zoarville Christian Chapel and helped to start and build a number of other churches.  Seaward formerly served as pastor of the Tunnel Hill Community Chapel at Bowerston for several years and served as pastor of the Newcomerstown Church of Christ Christian Union for 2 1/2 years.  He was currently attending the Sherrodsville Wesleyan Church. 

He is survived by four daughters and a son  Mrs. Jessie Fern  (John) Kooi of Franklin, North Carolina,  Rebecca Walton of New Philadelphia, O.,  Mrs. Lois (Roger) Lawter of Silver Springs, Florida, Grace Brown of Franklin, North Carolina and Stephen Shuman of New Philadelphia,  his four step-children Dewaine (Sandy) Caldwell of Union, Kentucky, Chuck (Patsy) Caldwell of Sherrodsville,  Mrs. Debby (Floyd) Zeigler of Roswell, O.,   and Mrs.Wendy (Rev. Dan) Parson of Bowerston,  a brother, Francis "Archie" Shuman of Mineral City,  and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the Sherrodsville Wesleyan Church with Pastor Dan Parson officiating. Interment will follow in the Tunnel Hill Cemetery at Bowerston.  A reception will be offered in the Wesleyan Church Social Hall following the committal service. Calling hours will be held Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville.  The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hands Across Sherrodsville Food Pantry, P.O. Box #74, Sherrodsville, Ohio 44675 or Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue S.W.,  New Philadelphia, Ohio  44663. To leave an online condolence message please visit the funeral home website.

(740) 269-9225

Charitable donations may be made to:

Hands Across Sherrodsville Food Pantry
P.O. Box # 74, Sherrodsville OH 44675

Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County
761 Commercial Avenue S.W., New Philadelphia OH 44663
Tel: 1-330-343-7605

 Service Information

Calling Hours
September 8, 2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home
7345 Roswell Road S.W.
Sherrodsville, Ohio 44675

Funeral Service
September 9, 2017

1:00 PM
Sherrodsville Wesleyan Church
73 North Church Street
Sherrodsville, Ohio 44675

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