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Charles "Chip" Shumaker, Jr.

April 15, 1947 — June 18, 2024

Charles "Chip" Shumaker, Jr., age 77, passed away from this life on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Chip was born April 15, 1947, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Charles Shumaker and Nolyne (Queen) Shumaker. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Tempe Dunn.

Chip dedicated many years of his life serving his community as a police officer for 30+ years before retiring. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be profoundly missed by all. Chip's kindness and dedication have touched the lives of many. 

Chip Shumaker accomplished countless items in his lifetime that many would only dream about. In his early life, he became a bronc rider and bull rider with his brother, Robbie. Soon he and his brother would later step off the back of horses and bulls and start fighting them in the ring as bull fighters. 

He would hang up his boots to become a police officer. During his time as a police officer, he was shot in the line of duty with 13 exit and entry wounds. He later would go on to earn the medal of valor and be voted officer of the year several times by his fellow officers. 

This career led him to undercover work, serving with the State of Texas Attorney General’s office, and leaving law enforcement as Chief Deputy of Parker County Sheriff’s Office. From his wounds, he would earn his beloved name “Many Wounds” during his rendezvous, buck skinning, and wild west reenactment days. 

His love of theater would push him into directing music videos and acting in movies such as “Rambo III”, “Once Upon a Time in China” and “Price of Freedom” which is still playing at the IMAX theater near the Alamo today. 

Chip always had a love for the outdoors, riding horseback through canyons and on long cowboy trails, to hunting with his family and father. 

Later he would try his hand at entrepreneurship, opening a successful Dive shop with his brother, called Scuba Sphere, and a bail bond company with his wife, which she is still operating today. He would go on to become a PADI Master Instructor Diver. He would dive the depths of the deepest lake in the world at a high-altitude dive and teach countless divers the art of diving. 

As much as he enjoyed being underwater, he also enjoyed the skies becoming a pilot at a young age. It doesn’t stop there; Chip had a way with words and stories. He published two books (The Game and Pecos Charlie) and co-authored a cowboy poem book (Spirit Tracks). 

After retiring from the police force, Chip needed a new hobby, and helped found “The Brotherhood of the Grey Beard Bikers” and “Highlanders” where he was known as “Hollywood” and “Chief.”

He was a jack of all trades from leather work to building guns, coaching/refereeing/umpiring, golden glove boxer, avid card and pool player, and a social media influencer in his later life. But he had a profound love for people and family. Every year he would slow down during the holidays to bring joy to children and families by playing Santa Clause for 23 years. 

There are so many other things we can write about Chip, but most of all he loved his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Left to carry on Chip's legacy are his beloved wife, Nancy (Rankin) Shumaker of Weatherford, Texas; son, Charles "Casey" Shumaker, III (Dr. Jamie); daughter, Stephanie Nicholson (Brent); grandchildren, Cayla Thomas (Johnathan), Kelsey Nicholson, Luke Shumaker, and Colin Shumaker; great-grandchildren, Annistyn Thomas, J.B. Thomas, and Romy Walker. 

Additional survivors include his brother, Robbie Shumaker (Cindy); brothers-in-law, Dr. Joe Rankin and John Rankin (Angela); nieces, Shannan Dunn, Rachel Rankin, and Dinah Elizabeth Rankin; nephews, Monte Dunn (Anna) and Travis Rankin (Mia); great nieces, Gabrielle Dunn and Thia Rankin; great nephews, Devin, Max, and Jacob Dunn; and Beloved 95 yr. old mother-in-law, Betty Rankin.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel, 913 N. Elm St., Weatherford, Texas 76086. Funeral services to be Monday, June 24, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at the same location with burial following at Oakland Cemetery immediately. 

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to any charity of your choosing.




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Sunday, June 23, 2024

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Monday, June 24, 2024

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Monday, June 24, 2024

11:15am - 12:15 pm (Central time)

Oakland Cemetery, Weatherford, TX

Weatherford, TX 76086

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