The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Sally Day, The Quill

Meet Your Neighbor, the newest President CEO and Senior Lender at the Bank of Stronghurst, Charlie Schumacher. A very personable and relaxed man, he was born in San Antonio, Texas, and now resides in rural Stronghurst.

Charlie spent much of his youth in Nebraska. He graduated from Plattsmith High School and attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.

Charlie spent seven and a half years in the military; The United States Air Force to be more exact. He served mostly in the Far East, such as the Philippines and Korea. He had the fascinating and difficult job in the Air Force of being a Chinese Mandarin Linguist and a Korean Linguist. During his military service he was in the National Security Agency.

He left the Air Force in 1978, stepping into the world of community banking. Charlie has been employed in banking in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.

He is the son of Forest William Schumacher, who was an MP (Military Police), also in the United States Air Force and Patricia Louise Schumacher, a homemaker. Both his parents are deceased.

Charlie has three siblings, Mary Armstrong in Lincoln, Nebraska; Robert Schumacher in Nebraska and Keith Schumacher in California.

He married Kathleen Teekotter, who is a manager/buyer for women boutiques. She spent the past few months training her successor.

They have a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Kirchgotter, who is a para-educator. Her husband, Jason is a regional director of a home improvement company. They have one son, Jaxon. They reside in Seward, Nebraska.

Tragically, Charlie and Kathleen's son, Charles W. Shumacher passed away in 1994.

Charlie has been affiliated with the Lutheran Church for many years. He also enjoys playing golf and has joined the Lions Club since coming to Stronghurst. But most of all, he loves spending time with his grandson, Jaxon.

Their family enjoys many traditions, including gathering together for Christmas Eve.

His future plans include continuing to maintain the excellent reputation of the Bank of Stronghurst and to have the ability to mentor and teach younger people to become banking executives.

Charlie said his motto has always been, "People first, paperwork second!"