Don Shoemaker, who along with his brothers helped found the Shoemaker's Truck Stop business in Lincoln, died April 8 at age 87.

Shoemaker and brothers Harley and Roger bought the former Skelly Oil Co. truck stop at Northwest 48th and West O streets for $240,000 in 1969 and renamed it Shoemaker's.

A dispute between Don and Harley Shoemaker in 2008 led to the construction of a new Shoemaker's Truck Station across the highway from the original one.

Don and his son Randy continued to operate the original Shoemaker's, which they renamed Don and Randy Shoemaker's Phillips 66 Truck Stop.

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In addition to the truck stop, Shoemaker also owned and operated the Cobbler Inn motel next door.

Don Shoemaker was born in Illinois and grew up on a farm. His family got into the truck stop business in 1951 when his father sold the farm and opened a truck stop in California. The Shoemakers later opened a truck stop in New Mexico on Route 66.

In addition to his son, Shoemaker is survived by his wife, Yvonne, daughter Holly and his brother Roger. He was preceded in death by his brother Harley.

A memorial service will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Roper and Sons South, 3950 Hohensee Drive.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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