Alphonse Jacob "Zeke" Shoemaker, 70

May 23, 2010
  • Alphonse J. Shoemaker

AUG. 21, 1939-MAY 21, 2010

HANCOCK - Alphonse Jacob "Zeke" Shoemaker, 70, of Hancock, Md., died Friday, May 21, 2010, at his home, which he built.

Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Jacob Edward and Goldie Letitia Weller Shoemaker.

He attended Hancock Elementary and Hancock High School.

He worked for Keefer Construction, the Union and Perini Construction, and retired from RHP Construction after 19 years.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting deer, working in the woods, mushroom hunting and playing pool. He also loved the family's annual trip to Hersheypark and vacationing in Hershey with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rebecca Jane Keefer Shoemaker of Hancock; one son, Randy E. Shoemaker of Hancock; five daughters, Karen J. Rohm of Warfordsburg, Pa., Arlene K. Rhodes of Hancock, Lori A. Ammons and Angela M. Shoemaker, both of Hagerstown, and April D. Davis of Little Orleans, Md.; 10 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Priscilla Keefer of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., Loretta Romberger of Clear Spring, Md., and Lucille Garland of Warfordsburg.


He was preceded in death by one grandson and a son-in-law, Danain T. Ammons.

Services will be Tuesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Stone Bridge Church of the Brethren Church. The Rev. Harry Strite will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday 3 to 8 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock, and Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grove Funeral Home, 141 W. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750.

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