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SHOEMAKER, Lewis Lonnie
SHOEMAKER, Lewis Lonnie 94, a resident of Lancaster, Calif. for over 62 years, died August 12, 2017 at home of natural causes. He was born July 18, 1923 in Kirksville, Mo. to Oren Willard Shoemaker and Fannie Mildred Shoemaker (nee Noe). He grew up in Novinger, Mo. and graduated from Novinger High School in May 1940. Upon graduation he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. In June, 1941 he moved to St. Louis, Mo. and worked at the Emerson Electric War Plant where he assembled gun turrets for B-17 (Flying Fortress) and B-24 (Liberator) Bombers. He worked there until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1942. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, known as 'The Big Red One.' In July 1943, he was sent to the south of England for training in preparation for the Normandy invasion. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach in the 2nd Wave. He was wounded November 17, 1944 near Cologne, Germany and returned to the United States for rehabilitation. Upon an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in September 1945 he returned to Kirksville, Mo. He enrolled in Northeast Missouri State Teachers College where he met Mary G. Fritsinger, also a student at the college. They were married December 22, 1946 in Kirksville, Mo. Upon graduation from college in May 1949, they moved to Barstow, Calif., where Lewis taught Industrial Arts and Physical Education at Barstow High School. He was also involved in coaching football and other sports. In 1955, he accepted a teaching position at Antelope Valley High School in the Physical Education Department, also coaching football and other sports. In 1963, he transferred from Antelope Valley High School to Quartz Hill High School as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. He retired in June 1983. Lewis and Mary enjoyed their retirement spending time with family, friends, and traveling. Lewis was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Lancaster Elk's Lodge. He was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 68 years. He is survived by his sons Paul (Pamela) and Mark (Beverley); grandchildren Aimee (Doug), Emily (Scott), Christopher (Lev), Nicholas (Kristina), and Angela (Jefferey); great grandchildren Madison, Jacob, Tyler, Brycen, and Aubrey. Interment with full military honors will be on September 8th at Riverside National Cemetery. A Celebration of Lew's life will be held on Saturday September 9, 2017, 11:00 am, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 502 West Avenue K in Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 8836, Lancaster, CA 93539 or a charity of your choice in memory of Lew.

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