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April 2, 1937 — May 9, 2017

Went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the age of 80.  Survived by his loving wife Barbara of 55 years, daughters Judy (John) McGowan of Mission, BC; Lori (Lonnie) Burma of Kelowna;  Brenda (Keith) Gotte of Kelowna; grandchildren Michael and David McGowan, Jessica and Joel Burma, Emily, Ben, and Solomon Gotte; sisters Eileen Habermehl of Elmira, ON, Vera Shoemaker of Belwood, ON and Eva Schell of Elmira, ON; brothers Glen (Joan) of Fairview, AB, Lyal (Berna) and Lorne (Donna), both of Kelowna and Stuart (Yvona) of Kenilworth, ON; plus numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Clare and sister Fern.

Ray was born April 2, 1937 in Elora, Ontario.  In 1956, while reading the paper, Ray saw the caption, “Go West, Young Man, Go West,” and so, he did, eventually settling in Calgary, AB where he met and married the love of his life, Barbara.  In 1966, they moved their family to Kelowna and quickly became involved in their community.  Ray enjoyed a career in construction, development and real estate.  He was actively committed to his church community and, most recently, Freedom’s Door.   

Ray was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandpa/poppie.  He will be remembered for his kind heart, his gentle spirit, his quick wit and his LOVE of singing.  Ray’s family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Spring Valley Care Centre and Glenmore Lodge for their endless care and support.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  (2 Tim 4:7)

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Freedom’s Door www.freedomsdoorkelowna.com. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077

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Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 am

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The service for SHOEMAKER, Ray is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Shoemaker Vera says:

    Ray will be missed. Picture shows him as he really was. Full of life and love

  • Dean Shoemaker says:

    Love and Prayers to you Aunt Barb, Judy, Lori and Brenda and family. And for all who are missing Ray.

  • Paul and Judy Shoemaker says:

    Just heard your sad news. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with you. Ray was a good man and will be missed.

  • Rosanne Katerberg says:

    My heart is so sad thinking about what a great loss is being felt right now. Uncle Ray, you will be missed tremendously. Love and prayers to Aunt Barb, Judy & John, Lori & Lonnie, Brenda & Keith and all the grandchildren.

  • Glen/Joan Shoemaker says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and your families!!! See you soon!!

  • LLOYD EBY says:

    I have fond memories of Ray Lyle and Glen from when they came to our farm to finish the stooking. I was 6 or 7 years old. They found my efforts to help amusing. LOL. Clare Lorne and Stuart were life long friends. Clare delayed his move to the west just long enough to be my best man for my wedding. Also I remember Fern, from my Sunday school class .I missed her for a long time because I was reminded every week when I cut the grass in the cemetery on our farm Thanks for the memories they are all good !

  • Julien & Terry. Bilodeau says:

    It is with sadness that we learnt of Ray’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you Barb and to your family. Ray was a good friend and mentor in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Deb franchini says:

    RIP… mr shoemaker…. my condolences to your whole family

  • Geoffrey Holt says:

    Uncle Ray has the respect and admiration of everyone in my family. He always had the most intriguing words of wisdom, humor and thoughtfulness.
    Ray Shoemaker, sorry to see you go. See you on the other side some day.
    Judy, Lori, Brenda and Barbara, My condolences.

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