Virgil Max Shoemaker, age 92 of Greenville, Ohio and husband of the late Nancy June Shoemaker passed away at 1:30 PM Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Wayne Hospital State of the Heart Hospice. Virgil Max was born April 3rd 1923 in Bryant, Indiana and the son of the late Ed and Mary (Smith) Shoemaker.
Max graduated from Bryant High School (valedictorian) and received a BS from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering. He went on to serve in World War II and the Korean Conflict reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps. Upon graduation from Purdue University, he worked as head of Test Engineering Navel Gunfire Control at General Electric, Pittsfield, MA. for 2 years. In 1949, Max began a long career for Greenville Manufacturing (division of American Aggregate Corporation) from which he retired as General Manager after 39 years.
Max was involved in his community and served on various boards and committees of the Greenville Public Schools, First United Methodist Church, and the YMCA building fund drive. He taught youth and adult Sunday school, belonged to Kiwanis and was an Explorer Post Leader. Max’s first priority was family but also loved church, golf, boating, and travel.
In addition to his parents, Max was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Nancy June, his son Mark A. Shoemaker (Red Lion, PA), brothers Donald Shoemaker (Portland, IN) and John Shoemaker (Dunkirk, IN). He is survived by 2 sons and 3 daughters-in-law; Mark (deceased) and Mary Shoemaker of Red Lion, PA; David and Roxie Shoemaker of Loveland, OH and John and Patricia Shoemaker of Nashville, IN. Surviving also are 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, 202 West Fourth Street Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Angela Meeks officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenville Cemetery with Military graveside services conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 23, 2015, from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio and Thursday one hour prior to the services at the church.
It is the wish of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com