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James J. Shoemaker Obituary

Dr. James John Shoemaker, DO

Age 65, passed away quite suddenly on Monday, July 18, 2011, due to injuries sustained at his home in Nashville, IN, the day before. A native of Erie, PA, Dr. Shoemaker was born Jan. 19, 1946, the son of Frederick Shoemaker and Mary (Schuller) Shoemaker. Family and friends describe him as, "a peaceful, gentle spirit who cared for the world and everyone in it." During Dr. Shoemaker's early years in Erie, he graduated from Holy Rosary Elementary School (1959), Cathedral Preparatory School (1963) and Gannon University (1968) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. His experience as a conscientious objector during the war in Southeast Asia led him on a spiritual journey during which, at the age of 39, he entered the College Of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific in Pomona, CA, graduating in 1989.

For the following 22 years he specialized in neuromusculoskeletal medicine as well as hospice and palliative care in Indiana. Dr. Shoemaker is remembered for his patience, compassion, independent mind, wry humor, positive outlook, healthy attitude, humility and wisdom. He is survived by three sisters and three brothers, Jeanne Shoemaker, of Sun City, FL; Marilyn Hazelton and husband Daniel, of Allentown, PA; Fred Shoemaker and wife, Maggie, of Orlando, FL; Jack Shoemaker, of Erie, PA; Carol Goodwin and husband, Jim, of Clemson, SC; Dr. Dennis Shoemaker and wife, Lori, of Lancaster, PA; also, numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and those he cared for over the decades. He was predeceased by his parents (1991 & 2006), his nephew, Matthew Hazelton (2002), his great-nephew, Samuel Church (2004), and his sister, Beverly Church (2009). A dedicated vegetarian who loved music, Dr. Shoemaker was a caring and supportive brother, uncle and friend. Calm, and reassuring in manner, he was generous with his time and knowledge. Additionally, he was a cornea, tissue, and bone donor. His ashes will be spread at his home, around the woods and pond that he cherished. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory are asked to be kind to one another, and to tell a few jokes in the process. Arrangements entrusted to Grundy Memorial Chapel.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 23, 2011
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