Waunakee- William Arthur “Bill” Shoemaker died peacefully on November 20, 2012, surrounded by the love of his family.

He was born July 15, 1921 in Clark County, WI to Ernest A. and Ruth (nee Butler) Shoemaker. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp to support his family prior to graduating from Augusta High School in 1941. Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy as Pharmacist First Class during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He married Jean M. Poore in Seattle, WA on April 8, 1944, and spent the majority of his career as an auto body repairman. He enjoyed deer hunting in Northern WI and fishing in Canada with family and great friends.

Bill’s parents and his step-mother, Hazel Shoemaker, preceded him in death.

In addition to his wife, Jean, Bill is survived by five children: Linda (Bob) Sands, Cindy (Greg) Hinz, Laura (Steve) Meixner, Ruth (Pat) Baier and Dan (Lisa) Shoemaker. Bill was proud grandfather to Pamela (Mike) Capozziello, Debi Sands (Steven Schwenke), Kristin (Scott) Mayer, Ryan Hinz, Lindsay ( Eric) Schmidt, Will (Sara) Meixner, Jeanine Meixner (Ben LaRue), Lauren, Liza and Tess Baier, Spencer Nolden and John and Brooke Shoemaker. He is further survived by great grandchildren; Ella, Colton and Kadin; and 8 of his 12 siblings along with numerous other relations.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare Inc.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 11:00AM -12:00 noon, followed directly by a Memorial Service at 12:00PM at Roselawn Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Tina Lang officiating.

“I pray that I may live to fish until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord’s great landing net and peacefully asleep, That in His mercy I be judged BIG ENOUGH TO KEEP!”