Kole David Shewmaker


Our sweet Kole David tragically passed away on November 15, 2023, at the age of 16. Kole was born on July 21, 2007. He immediately grasped his dad’s pinkie upon entering this world. This was a sign of the life that lay ahead of him. Kole fiercely loved his family. He cherished the time he spent loving and interacting with his two younger brothers and his little sister, yet his special bond was reserved for his momma, Kim. They shared a bond that can only be described as everlasting.

Kole was a friend to many and was always willing to listen and help. His friend circle spread far and wide. His friends were not limited to any one school or group. He loved to communicate over his phone and pull all-nighters with his boys. He made friends easily and always wanted to be with them. Many of his friendships stemmed from his love of basketball. He played for many teams over the years. Kole worked very hard at basketball and spent countless hours with his dad honing his craft. He also loved riding 4-wheelers and UTVs. He could often be found making laps in the backyard while blasting the music he loved so much.

Most importantly, Kole gave his life to Jesus at an early age. He was baptized in the family pool many years ago. Kole is with Jesus and made whole today because of the blood of Jesus. Praise God.

Kole will be missed by many. The loss of Kole leaves a great hole in all our hearts. He was an amazing son, loving brother, grandson, great-grandson, nephew, and cousin. Kole is survived by his parents, Brian and Kim, his brothers Kael and Klay, his sister Kinley, his grandparents David and Jill Friedersdorf and David and Debbie Horine, his aunts and uncles, Mike and Kristi Conrad, Jeremy and Kelley Wright, Dustin and Karah Reoch, Brent and Amy Shewmaker and Kevin and Meghan Schafer. His cousins, Madison, Zane and Blake Shewmaker, Kaitlyn Conrad-Sprague (Kenny Sprague), Jacob, Joshua and Kenna Conrad, Jace and Kiah Wright, Dawson and Kendall Schafer, and Kyllian Reoch.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2023, at Community Church of Columbus. The visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2023, and one hour prior to the service on Monday. He will be laid to rest at Garland Brook.

You are invited to view his video tribute, light a candle of remembrance, and leave a condolence message to the family online at www.jewellrittman.com.