Shoemate, Sr., Darren "Duke" Eugene

Visitation:
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Service:
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Interment:
Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO



Obituary
OBITUARY

Darren Eugene Shoemate, Sr., known to all as Duke, of Sullivan, MO, departed this life suddenly at his home, on October 18, 2017, having reached the age of fifty-seven years, two months and twelve days. Duke was born in St. Louis, MO, on August 6, 1960, son of Marion Francis Shoemate and Effie Margaret Shoemate nee Hicks. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have three children.

Duke is survived by his step-father, Robert Stankey of Sullivan, MO; by his sister, Cindy Casey and husband, Andy, of Eureka, MO; by his grandmother, Evelyn Stankey of Sullivan; by two children, Christopher Shoemate and fiancée, Christina, of Imperial, MO and Melissa Barnoski and husband, Denny, of Pacific, MO; by three grandchildren, Kayli and Garin Shoemate of Imperial and Gemma Barnoski of Pacific; by three nephews, Gary Miller and wife, Kelly, of Imperial, Tim Miller of Pacific and Tom Miller and wife, Becky, of Eureka; by one great-niece, great-nephews, aunts, uncle, cousins and many friends.

Duke was preceded in death by his mother, Effie Shoemate Stankey; by his father, Marion Shoemate, and by one son, Darren E. Shoemate, Jr.

Duke was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior and spent time reading and studying his Bible. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy, entering February 28, 1979 and receiving his discharge on February 5, 1982. He was a talented wood craftsman and stone mason and for several years was employed by Forshaw Fireplace in St. Louis, MO, building fireplaces and created beautiful wood mantels. He was truly a jack of all trades and in recent years had worked at his home doing small engine repairs and working on just about anything that someone needed fixed. He enjoyed going fishing and deer hunting was another favorite hobby. Duke was happiest when he was spending time with his family and good times will always be remembered.

A kind and loving step-son, brother, grandson, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jim Watson officiating. Interment with full military honors was held at Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.