Robert (Bob) Shewmaker, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.
The oldest of six children, he was born June 30, 1936, in New Middletown, Ind., to Bill and Lois Backherms Shewmaker.
He graduated from Laconia High School with a class of 10 in 1954. After two years in the U.S. Army, he returned to Southern Indiana and received a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky.
During his lifetime, he held many jobs, including working nights in a dairy, co-ownership of Corydon Concrete and working for utility companies. His career in the coal business began with Public Service Indiana, then Middle South Utilities in New Orleans, La., and, in 1981, with Kerr McGee Coal Corp., where he worked for 20 years. During retirement, he worked for Coffee Creek Golf Course and Farrington Towing before finally retiring in 2002.
This hard-working, humble and quiet man had his Catholic faith as his core value, never missing to pray his rosary and read his Bible. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered many hours for those organizations.
In 1968, he read about the new teachers at Corydon Central High School and was curious about a girl named Marilyn Falls. A couple in the rooming house where she lived fixed them up on a blind date. They married in 1969.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Kenneth and Phyllis; and grandson, Joseph Giordano.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Alison Johnston (Michael) and Brad Shewmaker (Nina); grandchildren, Anthony Giordano, Michael (Tripp) Johnston and Louis and James Shewmaker. His surviving siblings include Norma Lee, Marilyn Thieneman and Wayne Shewmaker (Ruth), as well as many nieces and nephews and their children.
The family will be present for a viewing from 4 to 7 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, Okla., on the 25th of April with a rosary service following at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Monday, April 26, at 1 p.m. with the burial service at Resurrection Cemetery at 4 p.m.
We would also like to thank Brookdale Home Health, Touchmark Memory Care and Life Spring Hospice for their exceptional service, warm hearts and care during the final weeks of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Oklahoma, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edmond, Okla., or Center of Family Love, Okarche, Okla.