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May 2016
Former Partner Arnold K. Schumann Passes Away
Arnold K. Schumann, 84, former partner with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Judge Schumann attended St. Mark’s School, the former Northwestern Preparatory School, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He joined the law firm of Niemann and Hibbard, predecessor to Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP, in 1966 and there he practiced until 1982. He was then appointed Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge by former Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus and successive elected in 1983 and 1989. Judge Schumann served as a circuit court judge until his retirement in 1995. Following his retirement, he was active as a reserve judge, serving in various circuit courts in the third judicial district and elsewhere, and as a mediator. He was the reserve judge member of the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee of the State of Wisconsin for six years after his retirement.

Schumann was active in a number of local organizations. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown whenever he lived in Wisconsin, serving as the president of the congregation for six years. He was a member of the Northwestern College Board of Control for nearly three decades when that institution was located in Watertown. He served on the Board of Directors of the M & I Bank of Watertown until he was appointed to the bench. He was a past president of the Watertown Rotary Club. He served on the Heritage Homes Board of Directors. He was a member of the Wethonkitha Club and other social clubs. He was a member of the Watertown Country Club for over thirty years. He was also active in sports, playing softball, basketball, golf, and racquetball for many years. He served in the U.S. Army in France during the Korean Conflict, receiving an honorable discharge in 1954.

The attorneys and staff of Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP wish to express their deepest condolences to Judge Schumann's entire family. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Brett Brauer officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.