Keith Eldon Shoemaker, 81 of Nokomis passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 9:50 a.m. at his home in Nokomis, IL. He was born on December 11, 1938 in Hillsboro, IL the son of James Robert and Juanita (Smith) Shoemaker. He Married Judith Ann Wright on May 18, 1963 in Nokomis, IL. Keith worked as a machine operator at Caterpillar Inc. He was a member of the Nokomis Sportsmen’s Club and the owner and operator of Shoemakers Shooters Supply. Keith Served in the United States Army where he was a rifle and pistol marksman and sharpshooter. He participated in Operation Big Lift in Germany for two months. He was an avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, trap shooting, aspirin shooting competitions, squirrel hunting, gun collecting and ammunition reloading. Keith loved playing poker with his friends and grandsons, teaching kids about hunting, fishing, shooting and gun safety; gardening, wine and beer making, playing washers and pool. He also loved watching wrestling with his grandsons.
He is survived by his Wife: Judith Shoemaker of Nokomis; Daughters: Jodi (Jean) Applegate of Nokomis, Il; and Keri Shoemaker of Nokomis, IL; Honorary Son: Steve Cachera; Grandchildren: Colby James Applegate, Brenden Keith Applegate; Honorary Grandchildren: Becca and Lizzy Hill; Siblings: James Shoemaker, Barbara Pearson and Alwilta Pearson; Several Nieces and Nephews. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Charles Shoemaker, Jerome Shoemaker, and Sister: Beverly Leigh.
Private family services will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Nokomis with Dr. Ryan D. Follis officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Cancer Association 19 Circle Dr, Litchfield, IL 62056 or First Baptist Church in Nokomis 211 E South St, Nokomis, IL 62075.
Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.