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Vernon Shoemaker - February 24, 2014

Vernon Walbridge Shoemaker, 89, passed peacefully Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
He was born May 6, 1924, to Ruby and Orval Shoemaker, and raised in Hamlet, Neb. He always held a special place in his heart for Hamlet, Palisade, and the southwestern Nebraska area.
He was married to Arlene Bischoff Shoemaker Dec. 28, 1952, and celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Vernon joined the U.S. Navy and served in the World War II Pacific campaign. He was a participant in the Battle of the Coral Sea, which was one of the first major air-sea battles of the Pacific war.
Following the War, he attended the University of Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation from the University of Nebraska, Vernon and family lived in Wauneta, Neb., and then Palisade, Neb., where he operated a drug store for 10 years (Shoemaker Sundries). Vernon loved being part of the community of Palisade, and enjoyed daily visitors to the drug stores; especially the high school kids at the soda fountain.
The family then moved to Lincoln, Neb., in 1966 where Vernon worked as a chemist at the University of Nebraska- East Campus for 30 years in wheat and crop research.
Vernon was a kind man who loved meeting new people and was well-liked by everyone he met.
He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church for a number of years, and at Sheridan Lutheran Church at the time of his death.
Survivors include: son, Dirk Shoemaker (Nancy) of Lincoln, Neb.; grandson Andrew Shoemaker of Carlsbad, Calif.; granddaughter Kari Shoemaker (fiancée Matthew Nelson) of Buckeye, Ariz.; and brother Wayne Shoemaker of Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Shoemaker; sister, Twyla Shoemaker; and sister-in-law, Avis Shoemaker.
A memorial service will be held at Sheridan Lutheran Church on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be given to: Sheridan Lutheran Church in Lincoln; Horizon Hospice, or The Monarch.
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