Ellers Mortuary & Cremation Center

3400 S. Webster Street, Kokomo, IN


Ronald Keith Shoemaker

16 noviembre , 19387 julio , 2020
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The Lord of Heaven and Earth came and wrapped his arms around his suffering saint, Ronald Keith Shoemaker, age 81, while he was sleeping and took him to Heaven on July 7, 2020.

Ronald was born on November 16, 1938 in Middletown, Ohio to James Allen Shoemaker and Rosamay (Wilson) Shoemaker.

Ronald graduated from Northwestern High School, Kokomo, IN and joined the United States Navy on July 9, 1958. He was assigned to the Communication Department aboard the USS Randolph CVS-15 stationed in Norfolk, VA. The highlight of his naval career was when his department received an award for "demonstrating excellence in all phases of communication" in 1962 as well as being privileged to meet John H. Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, when Glenn came aboard the Randolph on February 20, 1962.

When Ron's service to this country ended on May 11, 1962, he came home and married the love of his life, Betty Joyce Adams, on Sept. 2, 1962, and she survives.

Ronald worked for Delco/Delphi for 30 years. When he retired in 2006, he had worked in skilled trades as a Tool and Die Maker, Mould Maker, and Model Maker as well as earning an Associate of Science Degree for his trade.

Ronald's greatest joy here on Earth was doing service for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a Gideon, he enjoyed giving out Bibles at Ivy Tech and IU Kokomo, the Encampment in September, and the Howard County Jail.

His family also brought joy to his life. He is survived by his children, Terry Robert (Suzan) Shoemaker, Lori Ann (David) Denney, and Vicki Shoemaker, daughter-in-law. Grandchildren: Katrina Shoemaker, Kristen (John) Schafer, Jonathan Shoemaker, Alyssa Shoemaker, Eden Shoemaker, Emma Shoemaker, Hope Denny, Grace Denney. Step-grandchildren: Ashley and Amanda Moyer. Sister, Jo Lynn Collins, brother, James (Polly) Shoemaker. He is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Shoemaker, his parents, and sister, Judith Huse.

The family wishes to thank Deborah, Jeni, Molly, and Janelle, nurses for St. Vincent Hospice, Kokomo, for their loving care they gave Ronald during his final hours here on Earth.

Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Ellers Mortuary and Cremation Center, 3400 S Webster St., Kokomo, IN 46902. Funeral services will be held at the Mortuary at 1:00pm on Monday July 13, 2020 with Senior Pastor Keith Treadway, of Bible Baptist Church, Kokomo, IN, officiating. Following the service, Ronald will be laid to rest at Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, IN, with military honors provided by the VFW Military Rites Team.

Messages of condolence may be left online at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com


  • Time of Visitation

    domingo, 12 julio , 2020

  • Funeral Service with Military Honors

    lunes, 13 julio , 2020


Ronald Keith Shoemaker


Mick Owens

21 septiembre , 2020

Betty, In thinking back of knowing you and Ron for the past 40+ years, many memories come to my mind...how proud he was of you, Tim, Terry, and Lori. When each of you achieved your education goals, he always wanted to make sure I was aware of your accomplishments...how he would light up talking about your grandkids and their lives. He always wanted you to be comfortable in your house, continually desiring to fix it up to meet your dreams as well as his. Tim's passing was hard for him, but he knew where Tim was. Which brings me to my most important memory of Ron, his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His home is finished and he is with Tim and his Lord. Betty, rest assured that he loved you very much ad you will be reunited.

Stew (friend)

21 septiembre , 2020

From the time we met in the 70s serving our church, Ron and I were quiet friends. Our lifestyles were completely different but we both valued family and church as the most important part of our lives. Through the years, he and Betty saw me through many personal ups and downs, always patiently in the background, ready to lend support and understanding. Ron and I had a lot of laughs through the years as we worked together on house and yard projects, with Betty lending her input along side of us. Often after one of these projects, he would surprise and reward me with a lemon cake that he had made. Now it is time to rest in the arms of our savior, old friend, and know we will join you soon. I will miss you.

Joan Adams-Hilliard

21 septiembre , 2020

I want to tell you about a time I first met Ronald Shoemaker. Our family lived in Wheeling, Indiana. Daddy had bought an old two story house in the middle of this little group of 16 houses, a church, and a gas station. The house had an upstairs with chimney holes in the floors where the pipe went through to the roof. But in our upstairs room we had only the hole because there wasn't a stove downstairs that went up through the room. My sisters and I would look through the hole when we were upstairs to see who was in our living room. Well, one night, a car turned in our driveway and a man got out of the car and knocked on our door. Daddy and Mother had gone to bed. He wanted to meet Betty. Well Betty had her hair up in rollers because we washed our hair on Saturdays to go to church the next day. I was upstairs looking through the chimney hole, listening to them flirting with each other. The only thing that impressed me was his shining black shoes. Through the years, their love grew stronger and you could see in their eyes the love they had for each other. But I will never forget the shining black shoes he wore the first night I met Ronnie Shoemaker.

Barney Shayne

21 septiembre , 2020

Years ago, Ron and I carpooled with 4-5 other men of Christian Life Fellowship to attend a men's promise keeper's event-that was Ron, a promise keeper! We stopped on our way to carry out breakfast from McDonald's. After reach man got his order, we all returned to the van and were seated. After we all got seated and were opening our orders, we saw Ron FINALLY coming toward us with his bag too. But Ron went to the passenger side of another similar vehicle. We all watched him as he got in, closed the door, an began to unpack his breakfast bag-much to the consternation of the unknown lady driving that vehicle! After a few words were exchanged with that surprised lady, Ron got out, found our van and got in. I remember he only said a few words amid our laughter, something like, "I wonder what I was doing in that lady's car!" I shared many times with Ron in cars, on Taylor School's special needs bus, at Gideon's jail ministry, and at worship service and small groups at Christian Life Fellowship. Ron was very soft spoken with few words, often last in line...but was always in position to seek after God, and be busy about the Father's business. He represented Christ well as a worthy ambassador sharing love, serving others, and speaking words of testimony of our great God.

Jo Collins

24 agosto , 2020

My precious Brother Ron. He was a great brother. I remember going with my Mom & Dad to Norfolk. Va. to take a cruise on his ship the USS Randoff. A family day cruise. I got a little sea sick & spent some time in sick bay with his friend Fitsco. I was only 17 & was excited about spending time with a good looking man. A sailor. Love my brother & will miss him greatly. See you soon. Sissy Jo.

Joyce Lawrence

12 julio , 2020

Dear Betty & Shoemaker Family, Ron was always friendly & kind to my family at my brother(Jim Snapp) & Linda Snapp's special family occasions that we were invited to. He had a great smile & I know he will be greatly missed. "In God's Hands" Joyce

Charley Werst

11 julio , 2020

Thanks for the friendship we had through the church. You always asked how I was doing and I felt that you really wanted to know. That forever Smile on your face will be missed but I know that someday I'll get to see it when we meet again.

Brent Osborne

11 julio , 2020

Betty, JoLynn & Jim: So very sorry to hear about Ron. I will always remember the trips you made to our farm in Ohio and the trips we made to Indiana. Always a great time with our cousins.

Love, Brent & Vicki Osborne

Malcolm Sands

11 julio , 2020

Dear Terry and Shoemaker Family. I’m sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Shoemaker giving me rides home from wrestling practice and he gave me nice encouragement also.
I enjoyed your Family video and pictures. I can relate to the thrill of white water rafting all of you did. Me Shoemaker will be missed but not forgotten.
Sincerely, Malcolm Samds

David Long

11 julio , 2020

Ron is a good man. Ron is a good friend. Ron worked at Taylor Community School Corporation and mowed grass around all our facilities, sports fields, and large areas of grass in the north area as well as our solar field. His work was exceptional. He came to work each day with a plan in his head and would stay until he was done.
I especially enjoyed some time in conversation and he would pray for me sometimes as we took to the shade in the bus barn. Sometimes he would look me up during the day to see how I was doing. We would talk a bit and he would return to mowing to finish his day. I will miss him, but I will see him again in heaven.
David Long Jr.


Ron and Betty on Ferris Wheel July 17, 2015


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