Reginald Emantel

Reginald J. Emantel, 62

With great sadness we announce that Reginald J. Emantel lost his life to a hard fought fight to cancer on January 26, 2013, at the age of 62.

Reginald "Reggie" loved his family with a fierce passion, living the last three years with his loving wife Joan Shoemaker Emantel.

Reggie enjoyed spending time with his daughter and his beloved grandchildren. Reggie had a talent for cards (poker), fishing, carpentry, gardening and cooking. Reggie always said it was the simple things in life that he loved most.

He attended St. James Lutheran and Jefferson High School. He also proudly served in the US Army 1st CAV in Vietnam from 1968-1970. He later worked as a master carpenter for over 40 years.

Reginald was born to the late Eldon Emantel and surviving Verdabelle (Geib) Husman March 16, 1950.

On August 30, 2012, Reggie married his angel, Joanie Shoemaker, and she survives.

He also leaves behind a daughter, Regina Blume (husband, Chris), of Lafayette; three step sons, James "Rusty" Knipp, of Manhattan, Kan., Brian Knipp, of Battle Ground, and Michael Schamach, of Highland Park, N.J; his Sister, Kathy Gochenour (husband, Grover), of West Point; two brothers, Ricky Emantel, of Lafayette, and Michael Emantel, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and nephews, Vince and Jake Gochenour.

Reggie left his legacy to his four beloved grandchildren Nathan "Einstein," Jackson "lil Reg," Grace "mud cat," and Lucy "the lip." We will miss you Darling husband, father, son, brother, uncle and Grandpa.

Donations appreciated to help homeless Veterans: Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605 or

Memorial visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Hippensteel Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with Chaplain Scott Ellison officiating. Private committal with military rites at Remington Cemetery in Remington. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

Published in the Journal & Courier on Feb. 3, 2013