Obit: Shoemaker, Arthur Harry "Art" (1922 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Shoemaker, Zank, Goldsmith,
Fenn, Johnson, Huebner, Moe
----Source: Banner Journal (Black River
Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) April 7, 2010
Shoemaker, Arthur Harry "Art" (17
December 1922 - 29 March 2010) With Flag
Arthur "Art" Harry Shoemaker, 87, of
Evansville passed away Monday March 29, 2010, at his home
surrounded by his family after a long battle with prostate cancer
that metastasized to the gone. His long battle involved five
months of bed care.
Art was the son of Frank and Florence (Zank) Shoemaker and was born Dec. 17, 1922 in Butlerville, Clark
County. He attended Butlerville country school and Augusta
High School. Art served in the 91st Chemical
Mortar Battalion from 1946 to 1947 as a sergeant first class.
Art was married to Mavis Goldsmith from
1948 - 1953, and Oct. 23, 1955, Art and Marilyn Fenn were
married. Art worked in the high pile fabric industry at
Norwood and Montery Mills in Janesville for a total of 30
years. After he retired in 1985, he worked for the Evansville
School District, Housing Authority and the Evansville Auto Auction
for 19 years, where he made many friends.
When his children were young, he was
involved with the Cub Scouts and 4-H Club. Art was a member
of the Magnolia Advent Christian Church, where he was presently
serving as deacon.
He loved fishing, deer and turkey hunting
with his sons, grandchildren and other family members. Art
also loved to dance, sing old songs and tell stories of his
youth. One of Art’s hobbies was raising flocks of Banty
chickens. He was a great harmonica player and won the church
talent show for two years in a row. Art’s greatest
passion was raising a large garden from which he sold produce for
He is survived by his wife of 54 years,
Marilyn; four sons, Brent (Renea) of Freeport, IL, Bradley (Julie),
Leslie (Diana) and Anthony (Jenny), all of Evansville; a daughter,
Rebecca (Duane) Johnson of Brooklyn; his beloved 16 grandchildren
and 17 great-grandchildren that he utterly enjoyed; his brothers,
Howard (Bonnie) of Black River Falls and Jim (Lois) of Alma Center;
a sister, Clio Huebner of Alma Center; sisters-in-law, Irene
Shoemaker of Alma Center, Exie Shoemaker of Rockford, IL, and
Margaret Shoemaker of Neillsville; and many nieces and nephews
along with special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
eight brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m.
Friday April 2, 2010 at the Magnolia Advent Christian Church, 14726
West County Road A, Evansville, with Reverend Dr. Thomas Moe
officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery. Friends
called Thursday, April 1, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
until 8 p.m. at the Ward Funeral Home, 130 South 5th
The family would like to send its deepest
thanks to Pam, Jim Davis and the other nurses from Mercy Hospice,
Inc., for their care and love. A memorial will be established
by the family.
II Timothy 4:7 reads: I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
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