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Gordon Arista Shoaf

September 25, 1934 — November 14, 2023


Gordon Arista Shoaf, 89, of Kingman, IN, went to be with his Lord and Savior November 14, 2023, at Union Hospital with family by his side. Gordon was born September 25, 1934, in Millcreek Township, Fountain County, Indiana to the late Frank and Avanelle (Allen) Shoaf. He graduated from Kingman High School in 1953. Gordon married the love of his life, Shirley Marie Huffman, on August 10, 1956. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage and life together.

Gordon served 2 years in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Story Virginia where he drove amphibious vehicles. He traveled on an LSD to Greenland, where he stayed from May to September 1958. Gordon was an active member of Kingman Christian Church, where he enjoyed serving along with his wife. He was a member of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157 for 55 years. He worked on various jobs throughout Central Indiana and Illinois. He liked a challenge and always wanted to know how things worked. He always completed a job to best of his ability and taught his children to do the same.

During his life, Gordon enjoyed building stock cars with friends, competing in tractor pulls, all types of construction, and fixing things for family, friends, and neighbors. He loved going to his children's activities and later his grandchildren's events. He enjoyed mowing and planting a large garden that he shared with family.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Shirley Shoaf, and their four children: Robin (John) Ratcliff, Susan (Frank) Sniezek, Christopher (Julie) Shoaf, and Angela (Chadd) Beard. Ten grandchildren: Heather (Brock) Bennett, Jared Ratcliff, Sarah (Cam) Patria, Samuel Gordon (Allison) Shoaf, Hannah (Issac) Stonebraker, Kristen (Jonathan) DiFiore, Adam Sniezek, Lucas Beard (Emilee Organ-fiancée), Kaitlyn Beard, and Caroline Beard. Five great-grandchildren: Claire Bennett, Eva and Ellie Patria, Ruby Shoaf, and Emma DiFiore. Two sisters: Marjorie Keeling and Joyce Berard; and several other close family members.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Phyllis Ransom.

Visitation will be at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S 1st Street in Kingman on Monday, November 20, 2023 from 12:00pm till the time of the funeral service at 3:00pm with Pastor's John Bowling and Dave Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Kingman Fraternal Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in his memory to the Kingman Christian Church, PO Box 35, Kingman, IN 47952. Share memories and condolences online at

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