Archive for Saturday, February 26, 1994


February 26, 1994


— Services for Willard T. Shoemaker, 82, Ottawa, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church here with the Rev. Edward Baxter officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Mr. Shoemaker died Friday, Feb. 25, 1994, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1911, in Ottawa, the son of William and Josie Steele Shoemaker. He grew up on the family farm in the Richter community. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1929 and from Kansas University in 1936. He received a master's degree from KU in 1941.

Mr. Shoemaker taught for a year at Randolph High School and four years at Salina High School. During World War II he worked in the engineering department at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita. He was a dairy farmer from 1946 until 1955, at which time he returned to Cessna Aircraft. In 1963, he became a scientific programmer for Beech Aircraft. He retired in 1973. Mr. Shoemaker was involved in planning and preparation for the third lunar landing in 1974.

He was a member of the the First Baptist Church in Ottawa and a former member of the Franklin County Extension Council during the 1950s.

He married Hazel E. Hoskinson on Aug. 22, 1936, in Lawrence. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Roger E., Williamsburg; three brothers, Karl, Sun City, Ariz., Max, Ottawa, and Leo, Medicine Lodge; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. today and after 1 p.m. Sunday until service time Monday at Dengel and Son Mortuary where the family will meet with friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to the the First Baptist Church or Southview Hospice and sent in care of the mortuary.

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