Leland Mears Shomaker
A funeral service celebrating the life of Leland Mears Shomaker, 83, of Chapel Grove Inn in Heath, formerly of Pataskala, was January 26, 2009, at Kirkersville United Methodist Church. Burial with full military honors by the Licking County Veterans Alliance was in Kirkersville Cemetery.
Leland, a resident of Harrison Township since 1951, died January 22, 2009, in Newark after an extended illness. He was born June 26, 1925, in Newark, to the late Marion J. and Lelia B. (Mears) Shomaker. He was a 1943 graduate of Newark High School and served honorably in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.
Leland was a plumber since 1953. He worked for himself from 1966 to 1984. He also worked with Bozman plumbing, Fritz Baumann & Sons, Dick Clapham, O.D. Hollar and Parker Woods plumbing contractors. He also enjoyed his years at Lowe's in Heath from 1992 until 2003.
He also was an active member of Kirkersville United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher for many years. He was a Cub Scout master for 11 years. He also led Bible study at Chapel Grove and loved working puzzles.
He is survived by his loving family, his children, Tom (Connie) Shomaker, of Longview, Texas, Cathy (Roger) Lees, of Hebron, Judy (Bob) Swingle, of Hebron, and Jeff (Susan) Shomaker, of Fredericksburg, Va.; son-in-law, Tom Anderton, of Grove City; his sister, Emogene Shomaker, of Marne; his grandchildren, David Lees, Chad and Lissa Shomaker, Jeremy Swingle, Marcy Swingle (Matt Rausch), Eric (Emily) and Carrie Anderton, and Nathan, Allison and Sarah Shomaker; and his great-grandchildren, Darien, Kloe, Keyara, Cora, Annika and Brady.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, in 2000; and his daughter, Christine Anderton, in 1991.
An online guest register and video tribute is available at www. hoskinsonfuneral.com.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions be made to Kirkersville United Methodist Church.