April 19, 1931 - April 8, 2019
Don M. Shoemaker, age 87, slipped peacefully away in the night on April 8, 2019, at home. He was born on April 19, 1931, in Kewanee, Illinois, as the middle son of Harley C and Ruth (Garden) Shoemaker and grew up on a farm in Wyoming, Illinois. Don was an owner/operator of Shoemaker's Truck Stop for 65 years and the Cobbler Inn Motel for 34 years. He also farmed on and off throughout his life. While his biggest passions in life were his family and flying, Don was also very happy on a tractor or tinkering in his hanger. He will be greatly missed.
Don is survived by his wife Yvonne; daughter Holly (Jonathan) Dixon of Denton; son Randy (Anne) Shoemaker of Lincoln; granddaughters Danae Peterson, Brooke & Kimberly Shoemaker; great-granddaughter Matilda Peterson; brother Roger (Sue) Shoemaker of Lincoln; brother-in-law Norm Fluhrer of Mendocino, California; sister-in-law Nola Graves of Henry, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Harley C and Ruth (Garden) Shoemaker, brother Harley G and sister-in-law Marion Shoemaker.
There will be a celebration of life gathering with light refreshments from 6-8 pm on Friday, April 26, at Roper and Sons South, 3950 Hohensee Dr. (S.W. corner of 40th & Yankee Hill). In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the Denton Historical Society (Building Fund), St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, or First Plymouth United Church of Christ. Private family graveside service. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.