Albert William Shomaker, Sr. was born Dec. 15, 1940, at Winona, the son of Theodore Shomaker and Rachel (Yardley) Shomaker. He died Dec. 17, 2007, at Winona, the age of 67.
He was united in marriage to Carolyn Marie Yoder on Feb. 8, 1959, at Winona.
He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Rachel Shomaker; one brother, Cecil Shomaker; one sister, Helen Norton; one grandson; and one granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Shomaker of their home in Dexter; his children, Cindy Marie Shomaker of Dexter, Rebecca Martin of Birch Tree, Loree Brown of Bloomfield, Shelia Minehart of Dexter, Albert W. Shomaker, Jr. of Winona, Kathy Shomaker of Bloomfield, Jamie Martin of Dexter and Melissa Bivens of Washington; two sisters, Betty Norris of Winona and Dessie Yates of Birch Tree; and 17 grandchildren.
Albert worked in the logging woods until he became disabled at an early age. He became a Full Gospel minister and pastored a church on H Highway at Winona. Albert had also preached at many of the area churches. He and Carolyn moved to Dexter 11 years ago, but he always considered Winona his home.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona with Bro. Richard Bergen officiating.
Interment followed in Pinelawn Cemetery under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.