Willard Shewmaker, 85, of Louisville, Ky., passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Cape Coral. He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Springfield, Ky., a son of Ernest and Ophelia (Crouch) Shewmaker.
He honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict, moved to Louisville in 1953 and was also a 35-year resident of Cape Coral.
His passion for entrepreneurship led him to be owner of and investor in several successful businesses in the Louisville and Lexington, Ky., areas including Shewmaker Trucking, Shewmaker Custom Concrete, Lexington Mack Trucks, Louisville Mack, Lexington Diesel Injection and Page Manufacturing Company. His most loved pastimes were fishing, traveling and aviation.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Catherine "Kay" (Mudd) Shewmaker; sons, Willard Dale and Gregory Todd (Christina); daughter, Peggy Ann; brother, Ernest (Judy); sisters, Mary Jo Roehrig, Alice Spalding and Linda Worley (Jim); as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Zinn; brothers, Charles, Randall and Darrol; and sisters, Sue Anna Blacketer and Laverne McKune.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at Pearson Funeral Home in Louisville, Ky.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (www.hopehospice.org/donate).
Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.