Ray S. Shoemaker

Ray A. Shoemaker, 77, of Fostoria, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Independence House, Fostoria.

He was born March 23, 1936, in Fostoria, to the late George and Thelma Fern (Broshious) Shoemaker.

He married Janice Clinger in June 1956. He then married Judy Ann (Cook) Shoemaker in June 1984, and she preceded him in death Feb. 19, 2006.

Surviving are children Dianna (Danny Overton) Shoemaker, West Millgrove, and David Shoemaker, Columbus; step-children Thomas (Jean) Weaver, Tiffin, Michael (Darcy) Weaver, Gahanna, and Marcy (Joe) Gaston, Bozeman, Mont.; sister Luella Kimble, Sandusky; granddaughter, Courtney Shoemaker; stepgrandchildren, Michele Weaver, Ethan Weaver, and Caitlynn and Miles Gaston; and great-grandchild Alexa Oakley.

Preceding him in death were his parents, second wife Judy Ann Shoemaker and brother Kenneth Shoemaker.

Ray was a factory supervisor at Union Carbide for 30 years, worked at Jeffrey’s Antiques in Findlay and was owner and operator of R&J Collectibles. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria, and was involved in Hopewell-Loudon FFA, Lutheran Brotherhood, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross and the Elks. He served in the Army Reserve for four years.

Ray enjoyed deer hunting, arrowhead collecting, refinishing furniture, gardening, camping, bowling and playing cards. He was a dedicated blood donor and blood courier for the American Red Cross for many years.

Memorial visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Mann-Hare-Hoening Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria.

A memorial service will begin 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria, with the Rev. Dr. Larry Knigga officiating.

Ray will be laid to rest in Knollcrest Cemetery, Arcadia, at a later date.

Memorial contributions are requested to Hope Lutheran Church or the American Red Cross in lieu of flowers.