Carl Shewmaker

Obituary of Carl W Shewmaker

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It is with deep and abiding grief that we announce the death of Carl Wayne Shewmaker, while in Bellingham, WA. His smile lit up so very many lives, in very many places, and his memory remains a source of comfort, strength, and joy. Born to James Carl and Genevieve Julia (Papp) Shewmaker on February 17th, 1928, Carl passed away peacefully on May 5th, 2020. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Emily M. Shewmaker, and his brother, Dwight Shewmaker. He is survived by sister Genevieve (Shewmaker ) Duncan, and daughters Judith Marie Shewmaker Pine (son-in-law George A. Pine), and Edith A. (Shewmaker) Brown (son-in-law Todd Brown) grandchildren Deanna Honafius, Michael W. Brown and Steven T. Brown (partner Sophie Marie Pope), Elizabeth M. Pine, Carl A. Pine, and great-grandchildren Davin Honafius, Christian Brown and Claire Brown. Carl was born in St. Joseph’s hospital in St. Louis, Mo and spent most of his childhood in rural Kansas, moving to Long Beach, CA for his senior year of high school. Upon graduation from Long Beach Polytech he joined U.S. Army, serving in Austria and Japan during the post-WWII occupation. After mustering out he attended Georgetown University on the GI Bill, earning a B.A. and a J.D. While living in Washington D.C. he worked for the Army Map Service. He came home to Kansas to practice law, and it was there that he met and married Emily M. Kemesies, originally of New York. Carl practiced law in Eureka, KS until 2011 (he used to say that he had to keep practicing as he was not yet perfect). He got his private pilot’s license in the 1970s, and regularly flew small single-engine planes throughout the region. Also in the 1970s he and Emily purchased some property they dubbed “Slate Creek Ranch”, which made it possible for him to have a small herd of beef cattle whose care and feeding kept him active and outdoors, giving opportunities for visiting daughters and grandchildren to help out with winter feeding during the holidays. In Eureka he was an active member of Kiwanis, the Midian Temple Shrine, and the Jaycees, serving as an officer in all of these organizations at one point. He was also a dedicated and determined Kansas Democrat, and a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Eureka. He was a founding member of the Board of Great Plains Diabetes, and an active member of the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association, with 50+ years of active membership. On retirement, he and Emily sold the ranch and moved to the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita. After Emily passed away in 2012, Carl spent much of his time in Bellingham, WA, home to his daughter Judy and her family. While in Bellingham he attended the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and was an engaged member of the Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team. Memorial services will be scheduled when large gatherings are again an option. Scheduling remains uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, donations to causes near to Carl’s heart are welcome. These would include those organizations that work on behalf of workers, social justice, and the good of the human community.
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