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Donald J. "Buck" Shoemaker, 86, of Oldtown, passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown, Pa.
Born on Aug. 14, 1931, in Oldtown, he was the son of the late George and Mattie (Riggleman) Shoemaker. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Shoemaker; infant son, Ricky Lynn Shoemaker; two brothers, George Shoemaker and Leroy Shoemaker; and one sister, Velma Benson.
Buck was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a 61-year member of the District 16 Volunteer Fire Company, the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He retired from the CSX Railroad, worked at McDonald's Ambulance Service, and was a long-time caretaker of Davis Memorial Cemetery. Buck enjoyed hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are one daughter, Melissa Ann Simmons and husband, Bruce Jr., of Frostburg; two sons, John Steven Shoemaker and friend, Faith, of Oldtown, and Larry Donald Shoemaker Sr. and wife, Karen, of Mt. Savage; two sisters, Mae Cockrum and Jackie Malcolm; two brothers, Harold "Butch" Shoemaker and Tim Shoemaker; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at Scarpelli Funeral Home P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jim Buchanan officiating.
Interment will be in Davis Memorial Cemetery.
Military honors will be accorded by Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard.
Pallbearers will be Jason Shoemaker, Elliott Simmons, Derek Simmons, Matt Robertson, Bruce Simmons, and Kenneth Dawson.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Select Specialty Hospital in Johnstown for their kind care.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on October 15, 2017
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