Erman O. Shoemaker


Erman O. Shoemaker, 90, formerly of Vallonia, passed away at the Lutheran Community Home on Friday, June 2, 2023. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Vallonia, and held various offices there. Erman attended Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in a one-room school and graduated from Vallonia High School in 1950. The following year he attended an eight-week Agriculture Short Course at Purdue University. He entered the U.S. Army in 1953, where he served with the 11th Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, KY shortly after the Korean War.

After his military service, he returned home to the family farm and specialized in the production of corn, soybeans, and the feeding of beef cattle.

Born September 7, 1932, in Vallonia, he was the son of Clarence and Selma Schneider Shoemaker, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his brother, George (Mary) Shoemaker; sisters, Gertrude (Albert) Wolka, Althea Sholtis, Mildred (Arthur) VonDielingen, and Paula (Elbert) Fuhrmann.

On April 1, 1956, in Trinity Lutheran Church, he married Betty Jane Hansen, and she preceded him in death on April 16, 2021.

Survivors include his 4 children: Lisa (Joe) Lohmeyer of Columbus, Carol Delph of Brownstown, Bruce (Denise) Shoemaker of Vallonia, & Julie (David) Dietrich of Columbus; grandchildren, Ryan (Julie) Delph, Kelley (Patrick) Whitson, Brianna (Wes) Spray, Betsy (Dave) Elwert, Katie (Brian) Walker, Jacob (Hannah) Dietrich, Matthew (Ashley) Shoemaker, Katelyn (Eric) Byrkett, Maggie (Nick) Combs, & Cameron Shoemaker (fiancé Piper Acton); great grandchildren, Mia & Lila Spray, Oliver & Noah Combs, Emery Whitson, Remi Delph, Madison Walker, Gracie & Conrad Dietrich, Luke & Olivia Shoemaker; brother-in-law, Dave Sholtis.

Funeral Services will be conducted at Trinity Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, with Pastor Jordan McKinley officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will take place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church Music Fund & Lutheran Central School, Brownstown.

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