Glen Allen Shoemaker
October 17, 1925 - May 6, 2019
Dad passed away peacefully on May 6, 2019 with his first grandchild, Lori, by his side.
Dad told us often that we were not to be sad when he left as he had had a long and good life. Then he told us that “we could be a little sad”. But now Dad is where he wanted to be - with Mom and Con.
Dad’s good life began on October 17, 1925 to his loving parents Allen and Louetta Shoemaker. As a teenager, he met the woman who would become his wife on November 17, 1944. They enjoyed 70 years of marriage together. They then went on to become parents to their four children - Connie, Keith, Candy and Glenda.
Dad was a hard worker and he loved to work as did his father before him. He was a farmer and a carpenter. He never kept track of how many houses he built but figured it was around 60 or so. Many of these houses are in Grandview. He also was a big part of building the United Church. Usually after lunch he would have 40 winks - a ten to twenty minute rest and then he would be good to go again. He often said that if he won a million dollars, he would just keep farming till it was gone. Sadly, his body felt the stress of his working. He should have had his knees replaced while he was in his seventies but he never counted on living to 93. He really missed working and being helpful. While in the care home, he thought that if they could just put him on the lawnmower that he could at least cut the grass for them.
Dad had a great love of dogs. Boxers being his favorite breed. We would always tease him that his dogs had more toys and were treated better than us. Dad thought that his last dog “Willie Shoemaker” was sent to him to help him get through rough times - as he got him just before Mom and Con died. When he moved to town, he couldn’t have Willie with him and now he is “Willie Shoemaker Hess”. We would take Willie to the care home, put him down at the door and he would run down to Dad’s room, jump up on his lap and wait for his treat. Dad would rub Willie’s back and check to see if he had his angel wings yet. He knew from stories told about the chaos Willie caused that he was far from an angel, but Dad would just smile and say “Oh Willie”.
Dad loved us kids, his 16 grandchildren, and his 24 grandchildren. He referred to the little ones as the “little monkies”. We all have fond memories that we will keep in our hearts forever and we will all so miss him.
Dad loved music and loved singing. He sang at weddings and sometimes with the Grandview Orchestra. Our lives and trips in the car were usually full on singing.
Dad’s biggest wish was that when it was his time to go that he would just go quickly in his sleep. We were so sorry that he didn’t get that wish as he never asked for a lot and he deserved to go that way.
Dad was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Connie, on June 20, 2015, and by his wife, Audrey on June 27, 2015. Also, by all his brothers and sisters except for his sister Aunt Beatrice Meyer. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Eileen Shoemaker; his children Keith (Betty), Candy (Dan), and Glenda (John); son-in-law Bruce Lyman; and all his grandchildren and great grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Grandview United Church on May 9 and following that we interred both Mom and Dad in his parent’s plot at the Grandview Memorial Gardens. Mom wanted to rest in the columbarium but Dad, you won that one. Hopefully you don’t get much grief over that choice.
Rest in peace Dad and hopefully they will let you mow lawns up there.
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