Robert C. Shoemaker, age 82, of Butler, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Butler Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born in Butler on August 12, 1937 to the late Kathryn and Francis Shoemaker.
Bob graduated in the class of 1955 from Butler High School and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1960. He continued his education by receiving his master’s degree and Principal Papers from Westminster College. Throughout the next 35 years, Bob worked with and highly respected the wonderful, innovative teachers, administrators and students he served in the Seneca Valley School District.
He married Lorraine Ansman on October 5, 1963 at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler, celebrating 56 years of marriage.
Some of his favorite memories include hunting and fishing with his three sons; his passion for traveling with his wife to over 53 foreign countries; and the cherished times he spent with his grandchildren, Luke, Sydney and Emma.
He served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Paul Church for 46 years, and he annually participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Bob was a member of the Butler Country Club, a former president of the Butler County Symphony Association, a former board member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, and a 35 year Auxiliary Volunteer for Butler Memorial Hospital.
His hobbies included bridge, biking, hunting, fishing, and music, and he especially enjoyed the sounds of Frank Sinatra, the Stan Kenton Band, and The Four Freshmen.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his three sons, Daniel (Rebecca) Shoemaker, of Adams Twp., David (Karin) Shoemaker, of Raleigh, NC, and Bryan (Lee Ann) Shoemaker, of Adams Twp.; his grandchildren, Luke Shoemaker, Sydney Shoemaker, and Emma Shoemaker; his in-laws, Margie and Mike Balog, Don and Roberta Ansman, Bill and Maxine Rapp, and Carole and Geof Gaddis; and his many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Kathryn and Francis Shoemaker; his mother-in law and father-in-law Frances and William Ansman; his two infant sons, Joseph and Francis Shoemaker; and his sister-in-law, Nancy Rapp.
Friends will be received in the Martin Funeral Home, Inc., 429 Center Avenue, Butler, on Friday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. from Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 North McKean Street, Butler, with Father Kevin Fazio officiating.
Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Butler Catholic School, 515 East Locust Street, Butler, PA 16001.