Lamar G. Shoener

Lamar G. Shoener January 21, 1924 April 12, 2014 Surrounded by his family, Lamar G. Shoener, 90, of Spring Mills, passed away on April 12, 2014 at his home. Born on January 21, 1924 in Orwigsburg, Lamar was a son of the late William M. and Edna M. Aikman Shoener. On September 5, 1946, Lamar married Margaret A. White, who survives in Spring Mills. Lamar enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1946, beginning a distinguished 23 year career that began with his first station at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, N.M. From there he was stationed in Greenland, then his family joined him when he was transferred to Truax Field in Madison, Wis. From Wisconsin, Lamar moved his family to the air base in Wiesbaden, Germany. When they returned to the states they were assigned to George AFB in Victorville, Calif. Lamar's career in the military ended at Amarillo AFB in Texas, with him attaining the highest non commissioned officer ranking of Chief Master Sergeant. Among Lamar's service awards are the Bronze Star, The Vietnam Service Medal, the WW II Victory Medal, to name just a few. Upon his return to civilian life, Lamar was employed as a truck driver for Gettig Pharmaceutical and Engineering in Spring Mills with 20 years of service. Lamar was an avid hunter and belonged to the Greenbriar Rod and Gun Club. He was best known for his career as a midget race car driver which began upon his retirement from the military while in Texas. He was a 32nd degree Mason and enjoyed spending time with this family and especially his grandchildren, being a faithful attendee of all their high school sporting events. In addition to his wife, Lamar is survived by one daughter, Karen A. Ewing, of Lewistown; one son, Richard G. Shoener (Mary Anne), of Conover, N.C.; four grandchildren, Sherry Jameson (Thomas), Robert Ewing, Shawn Ewing (Shelby) and Jenny Shoener; and seven great grandchildren. Lamar is the last of his family having been preceded in death by siblings Theodore, Monroe, William, Elaine and Richard; and one grandson, Matthew. Family and friends will be received at the Steven R. Neff Funeral Home in Millheim on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9:30-11:00 am. The memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Julia Sprenkle officiating. Lamar will be laid to rest with full military honors in Fairview Cemetery in Millheim. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lamar may be given Fresenius Medical Care, 3901 South Atherton Street, Suite 7, State College PA 16801. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stevenrnefffuneralhome.com.

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Steven R Neff Funeral Home
120 W Main St Millheim, PA 16854
(814) 349-5623

Published in Centre Daily Times on Apr. 16, 2014