David P. Shoemaker, 67, of rural Ord passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Valley View Living Center in Ord after a courageous battle with ALS.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Reverend Jeff Wulf officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Valley County Health System Home Health Care and Hospice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
David Paul was born June 15, 1945, at Ord, Nebraska to Alfred P. and Neola I. (Lenker) Shoemaker. He was raised in the Springdale area of Valley County. He attended Sumter Elementary School and graduated from Ord High School in 1963. David continued his education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1967, and a Masters Degree in Genetics in 1972.
David married Kathleen Hanna in 1969, at Anselmo, Nebraska. They were blessed with two children, Bethanne and Austin. From 1967 until 1971, David taught Science, Ag and Shop at Sargent and Ord Schools. He also farmed part-time and raised cattle and sheep.
In 1972, David began farming and ranching full time. On June 1, 1997, David and Justine Sich were married at Ord, Nebraska. The couple made their home on the farm in the Springdale area.
David was a member of the Ord First United Methodist Church where he had served on the Pastor-Parish Committee. He also served on the NRD Board and was a member of the AGS Fraternity at UNL. His hobbies were caring for the livestock and farming. He also enjoyed playing the accordion.
David is survived by his wife, Justine of rural Ord; a daughter and son-in-law, Bethanne and Adam Kunz of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Austin and Angela Shoemaker of Lincoln; three granddaughters, Haley Kunz, and Hannah and Harper Shoemaker; and a brother, Kenneth Peyton of Arcadia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Leroy Peyton.