Richard Wayne Shoemaker

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Weir-Arend Funeral Home
4221 North High Street
Columbus, OH

Shoemaker Richard Wayne Shoemaker, 88, went Home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 13, 2014 after a rapid decline in health that culminated with a stay at Kobacker House (Hospice), Columbus, OH. He was born in Westerville, OH to Ross W. and Lois (Tracht) Shoemaker on June 19, 1925. Richard was married to Marion Bryant Daniels (1927 - 1991) on August 7, 1948. He is survived by their children, Mark (Diana) Shoemaker of Bradenton FL, Jane (Kirk) Chaffin of Marysville, OH, and Carol (Jeff) Hobbs of Westerville, OH; and wife, Mary Rose and her family. Grandchildren, Kenneth (Liz) Chaffin, Laura (Dan) Falk, Justin (Laura) Hobbs, Daniel, Nathan and Benjamin Hobbs, Kyle and Devin Shoemaker; along with his great grandchildren, Drew and Camille Chaffin, and Emma and Thomas Falk; other survivors include brother-in-law, Herman Brown; niece, Sue Ellen (Michael) Miller; nephew, Robin Brown; and great-niece, Bethany Miller. He was preceded in death by his first wife Marion, grandson Andrew Chaffin, and his sister Margaret Brown. A former Boy Scout, by age 17 he had enlisted in the Navy V-12 (officer candidate) program, and proudly served in both World War II and the Korean War. With hard work he became a Lieutenant Senior Grade USNR and an Officer on Deck at Pearl Harbor (years after the infamous attack). He was very pleased to have participated in the Honor Flight Program in 2007. As a freshman at Denison University, he was selected on the All-Ohio Track Team. He went on to graduate with a degree in Theatre from Otterbein College (Westerville, OH), and received his Masters Degree in Radio-TV Education from the Ohio State University. Richard's employment history includes: Columbus Recreation Department, Goodwill Industries, Channel 10 (CBS television affiliate) in Columbus (as Producer, Director and Director of Public Affairs), the Ohio Information Committee (as Executive Secretary) and was the Executive Director for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio. While employed by Channel 10, he helped create and was the first Director of the television series Lucy's Toy Shop. Richard was a very dedicated volunteer for many organizations such as the Navy League and Civil Defense. He was the Statewide Chair for Project Freedom to help POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam conflict. He won the Freedoms Foundation Award for his Bicentennial radio series titled, "America, One Nation, Under God", which aired on WCVO in Central Ohio. He spent countless hours gathering old and classic movies to share with residents and friends at Friendship Village of Columbus where he resided. A follower of Christ, Richard was a member of North Baptist Church (Columbus). He delighted in showing his family the world through camping, canoeing and hiking adventures. He lobbied extensively to restore and maintain freedoms in America. He was a talented writer, receiving numerous awards at AOPHA competitions. Family and friends may call Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at North Baptist Church, 76 Charleston Ave., Columbus, OH 43214, where service will immediately follow at 4 p.m. Pastor Cy Broughton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Kobacker House or North Baptist Church. Arrangements completed by WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME. Please visit to sign the official online condolence book.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 19, 2014
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