Wilbur Kendig Shoemaker, 94, of Lancaster, passed away at home, holding the hand of his loving wife, the day after their 72nd wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 9, 2018. He was the son of the late Amon and Bessie Kendig Shoemaker and married Dorothy Hess Shoemaker in 1946.
He was a humble giant of a man with a gentle, sweet soul. He was a husband, father, and a mentor to many through his words and deeds. Always quick to laugh, he truly enjoyed life to the fullest. His curiosity was insatiable, especially about how things work. Wilbur was generous and always ready to lend a hand or share his knowledge and insight.
A Navy Veteran, he served in World War II in the Pacific. He was a businessman and entrepreneur, and owned Conestoga Heating & Plumbing Supply. He graduated from Elizabethtown College and even served on the board there for many years. Wilbur also served on the board of the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital. A longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder and Trustee. Prior to moving to Lancaster, Wilbur was a member, Elder, and Deacon at the English Presbyterian Church in Marietta, PA, where he was also a Sunday School Teacher. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife.
But most of all, he enjoyed his family.
Surviving besides his wife are his son; W. Kenneth Shoemaker (Judi), his daughter; Kathleen Nazar (Barry), four grandchildren; Scott Nazar (Lisa), Meredith Nazar Groff (Chad), Megan Nazar Lanigan (Joseph), and Tim Foley, 7 great-grandchildren; Mary Kate, Amelia, and Charlotte Nazar, Jordyn Pedia, Connor Groff, Elliott and Eliza Lanigan. He is also survived by his younger sister Olive Keener.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11:00AM at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Dr, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.