On this, what would have been his 80th birthday, the children of Richard Eugene Shoaf would like to honor the memory of their loving father and express their gratitude to all who contributed to his care and well-being during the final days of his life.
Richard Eugene Shoaf, 79, of Delaware, affectionately known by all as Gene, passed away surrounded by members of his loving family on Sunday morning April 21, 2013 ending his courageous battle with liver cancer.
Born in Sunbury, Ohio, on June 6, 1933, at the homestead still standing on the land given to the Shoaf Family by the Secretary of State under President John Adams, Gene attended school in Sunbury and helped work the family farm along with his 16 brothers and sisters. After graduating from high school in 1951, Gene met and married Pauline Betts and settled in Delaware to have and raise their six children. Gene worked for Armstrong Furnace Company in Columbus, Ohio, for over 34 years until the company closed its doors after merging with Lennox. He later went to work at Honda of America in Marysville, Ohio, where he retired after 12 years of service.
Never one to remain idle, Gene held multiple part-time jobs throughout his life, providing a lasting impression of strong work ethics to his children. Sundays were spent at the family farm where the "city kids" could bond with their "country cousins" and get to know their grandparents, aunts and uncles. He was a member of the Delaware Moose Lodge as well as the Fraternal Order of Eagles #376. Gene enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing, and woodworking.
Gene and his wife of 23 years, Ethel Marie (Levings) enjoyed their retirement years by spending time with their combined 9 children and 35 grand-, great-grand, and great-great grandchildren, attending garage sales and auctions, visiting Amish country and just quietly enjoying life from the view on their back porch. Gene and Marie stayed active in renovating their home, gardening and trying to keep the squirrels away from their walnut trees.
Gene leaves behind his six sons and daughters: Donna (Jim) Bryson of Baltimore, OH, Kenneth (Debbie) Shoaf of Delaware, OH, Norma Conner of Ashland, OH, Laura Ann Hare of Columbus, OH, Rodney Shoaf of Columbus, OH and Rick Shoaf of Longview, TX, his 13 grandchildren: Michael Scheilinger of Delaware, OH, Angela Thompson of Newark, OH, Clifford (Heather) Thompson of Texas, Diana (Mark) Maier of Columbus, OH, Steve (Amy) Shoaf of Delaware, OH, Kevin Shoaf of Delaware, OH, Calina (Dale) Barry of Mt Gilead, OH, Randolph Brooks of Lancaster, SC, SGT Tavares R. (Theresa) Hare of Ft. Riley, KS, CPT Louis C. (Alexis) Hare III of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Kevin (Jesse) Shoaf of Edison, OH, Michael Shoaf of Arkansas, and Molly Shoaf attending Harding University in Arkansas.
Gene's childhood recollections of the countless antics with his brothers and tricks played on his sisters and parents will also be missed by great-grandchildren Matthew and Jeremy Thompson of TX, Cassandra (Michael) Gross of Brooksville, KY, Morgan Aleshire and Shayla Barry of Mt Gilead, OH, Charity, Darrell, Derrick and CeeCee Hare of Seattle, WA, and Donte, Tavares and Jesse Hare of Ft Riley, KS as well as great-great granddaughter Makayla Gross of Brooksville, KY.
Also left behind to cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife Marie and her children Larry (Lois) Oberle, James Oberle, and Sandy Scott that embraced him and considered Gene as their own, as he did them.
Gene is also survived by his brother Roger (Jesse) Shoaf, and sisters Evelyn Christy, Edith Bray, Marjorie (Joe) Temple, Patty Hardin (Carl), Joyce (John) Perkins, Joan (Larry) Waters, and Karen (Milan) Petrovich and many nieces and nephews.
Loved ones preceding Gene in death include his parents, Hugh Herbert and Maude Marie (Weirs) Shoaf, siblings John, Betty, Joseph (Joe), James, Charles (Chuck), Mary, Myron (Bud), and Herbert.
The children of Richard Eugene Shoaf would like to express their gratitude to the Ohio Health hospice organization. The Kobacker House of Columbus is an exceptionable facility that deserves high praise; please consider honoring Dad's memory as well as those of your own loved ones with donations to this worthy and necessary organization. As with all of the volunteers and skilled hospice associates, Brian Smith was an angel who ensured that Dad's needs and comfort were addressed.
And last but certainly not least, we would like to acknowledge Tim Oberle, Jim Oberle, and Aunt Karen for the many hours you spent with Dad during the last days of his life. Your thoughtfulness and medical skill helped to ease the burden of others. Our thanks also go out to Aunt Patty and Pastor Herb Koonce for seeing to Dad's spiritual needs. Dad renewed his acceptance of the Lord into his heart and we are comforted in the knowledge that we will someday get to meet up with him again in Heaven.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on June 6, 2013