Ralph Shoemaker

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Ralph C. Shoemaker
12/06/1921 - 02/13/2015
Ralph Clifford Shoemaker was born December 6, 1921 in Camargo, OK. His family lived in Oklahoma, California and Wyoming before moving to Nampa, Idaho in 1944. He attended Northwest Nazarene College (now University) for two years.
In 1946 Ralph purchased his first truck and started hauling lumber and other building materials. In 1948 his dad quit his job and joined him in trucking. He and his dad were partners in Shoemaker Trucking Company until 1960, when Ralph bought his dad's portion of the business.
He married Lois Ann Johnson, a Nampa elementary school teacher, June 2, 1949. They moved to Boise because it was a better location for trucking. Lois Ann quit her teaching job and they both took night classes in the area of business management. Together they ran a successful trucking business that transported goods in the 22 western states. Ralph was active in the Idaho Motor Transport Association and the streets and highways committee of the Boise Chamber of Commerce.
Ralph and Lois Ann raised three sons and a daughter in Boise. He loved his family, and never missed an opportunity to be at one of his children's music or sporting events. He leaves a wonderful legacy of faith, compassion, integrity and work ethic.
In 1976 they sold the trucking company and immediately purchased excavation equipment. He and two of his sons, Mark and Jamison, operated the business together for a few years, until Jamison took full ownership of the company.
Ralph accepted Jesus as his personal Savior as a preteen while living in Los Angeles. He also became a member of the Church of the Nazarene at that time. He loved his Lord and served Him faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, music director, board member, building chairman, and also served at the district level on the District Advisory Board. He loved people and gave much of his efforts to promoting missions.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Virginia Shoemaker, and his oldest son, Mark. He is survived by his wife of over 65 years, their son Jamison (Tami) of Meridian, their daughter Quinet Bryan of Nampa, their son Craig (Deena) of Eagle, Mark's widow, Arlene (Gary) Cooper of Meridian; 10 grandchildren and 3 spouses and 10 great grandchildren; his brother Ray (Dee) of Vancouver, WA; his sister Jen (Loring) Beals of Boise; one niece and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Meridian, Idaho on Friday, February 20, at 3:00 pm. Memorials may be given to Trinity Pines Camp and Conference Center, 55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100, Meridian, ID 83642.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 18, 2015