Frank R. Shoemaker Sr.

I’d like to pause for a moment and mention; today is exactly one year since I lost my beloved Grandpa. I spent time with him just a few hours before he passed. In fact, I was his last visitor at the hospital, which is forever an honor. It’s something that I’ve just not been able to write about…

Without Grandpa who gave me our family ’67 Beetle, there would be no. Let’s take a moment to say his name, and honor the Chief who’s given me wisdom, worth ethic, and a sense of humor.

I miss you and love you, Grandpa.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Thank you Grandpa!

  2. Frank Connolly June 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Eric, that was a very nice thing to do for your grandfather. He would be very proud of you and rest assured he is smiling down on you

    1. Thank you. I’ve kept it to myself; as I’ve just not been ready to talk about it. I was very close to him.

  3. Stuart Shannonhouse June 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Hi, Eric. That’s a great picture of you and your Grandpa. I know how you feel about him. My “Granddaddy” was a wonderful man, too. He was my hero. When I was in the Air Force, and stationed at Rhein Main Air Force Base near Frankfurt, Germany, he came to visit me. I had just bought a new Zenith Blue 1967 Beetle, and we drove all over the area in that car. He loved it. I wish I had kept the car. It was my all-time favorite. I now own a 1967 Autumn Beige beetle. Thanks for creating I never miss reading it.
    Stu Shannonhouse

    1. I appreciate that.

  4. Awesome legacy chief!

  5. You have my condolences for your loss and my thanks to you and him for what you have learned and built with that knowledge. Thank you for everything that you do. Your Grandpa’s 1967 generator will live on in mine.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. You are very fortunate to have been able to spend time with him, especially his final moments. May his memory be a blessing. Our hearts are with you.

    1. Thank you, Todd.

  7. I’m standing at attention with a smart salute to your grandpa. My dad was also a Navy Chief on a cruiser in the Pacific, thruought the war. The USS Minneapolis. I wonder if Mr. Shoemaker Sr. also spent time on the Minnie? If he did or didn’t, he served, and helped save the world from tyranny. And he built a great family, too. Condolences on this sad anniversary. Long live the 67 Beetle!

    1. Salute to you as well. I believe he did, actually!

      1. If he served on the Minnie (CA-36), he served with valor as that ship saw 17 battles including Coral Sea, Midway, Marianas, Gilbert and Caroline Islands, Guam, Leyte Gulf, Philippine Sea and Okinawa. She sunk many enemy ships and downed countless enemy aircraft, including kamikaze. Few ships were more highly decorated during the war. Your grandpa was a hero sure enough! I’ll say you’re proud of him!

  8. Mack Kreizenbeck June 24, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Nice tribute.

  9. Nice tribute! My dad served in the Canadian Navy toward the end of the war and did a tour of the globe at the end of the war, mostly Pacific. Kept the crew hopping with his music! (saxophone and clarinet) He is still alive and I refinished his Super Beetle a few years back for him although sadly his licence is no more. We really miss those who have impacted our lives in simple yet special ways! Thanks for sharing this!

  10. RIP Grandpa. We all owe you a big “Thank You.”

  11. Sending positive vibes. His spirit lives on!

  12. A simple act–the passing of one man’s old car to a grandson–which created such a stupendous opportunity for all of the rest of us in the 1967 Beetle Community. And, Grandpa got to see it happen! I think that that is the greatest part of it! He got to see it happen. Through Eric Shoemaker, Grandpa Shoemaker created our “Family”–with LOTS of “Grandchildren”! jay salser

    1. Lots of love to you, JK.

  13. Eric, may God Bless your Gradpa’s soul….there nothing like Family…Thanks for sharing with Us…Chuck

    1. Thanks, Chuck.

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