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Shomon L. Joseph, Sr.

November 5, 1928 — September 18, 2020

On September 18th, 2020 Shomon L Joseph, Sr. [age 91], peacefully passed in his sleep from this world into the loving arms of his Savior: The Lord Jesus Christ.
Shomon was the son of Syrian immigrants who arrived on these marvelous shores in 1901. He was born on November 5th, 1928. Shomon was the third child of six children born to Elias and Rifka Joseph.
Shomon was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana. As part of that memorable time in American history known as "the great generation", Shomon displayed a natural gifting for "all things mechanical." His innate understanding of machinery enabled him to excel to a level where he was asked to teach several high school courses in machine tooling, drafting and mechanics. He would go on later in life to have an outstanding, near 50-year career working for the Dunham/Bush Company. Shomon was the inventor of the Kool-Mor transmission oil cooler. His original and innovative design is used to this very day on every Ford motor vehicle and American military vehicles. When asked why he chose to give his invention away without compensation to his employers, Shomon remarked: "because it was the right thing to do." Shomon lived his life in humility; choosing quiet confidence over accolades or self aggrandizement. This marvelous character trait would serve him well over the course of his life. His legacy as a loving husband, caring father and faithful provider shown immensely throughout his long life; not so much by words, but by the faithfulness of his never failing demonstrations of love.
Shomon is survived by his beautiful and faithful wife of 62 years: Maria Joseph [age 84], and his four children: Shomon Jr., Annette, Armond and Maria. Shomon was the proud and loving grandfather to five grandchildren: Shomon Jr. Daughter, Hannah; Annettes daughters, Ellie and Angie; and Marias two children, Emily and Joshua. Shomon also had a final joy to two great grandchildren: Ivy, the daughter of Ellie and Lilly, the daughter of Angie. Near the time of Shomons parting, he was told that his grand daughter Ellie was with child; a baby girl to be named Zo. From his hospital bed, he was able to gently reach out and place his hand upon the tummy of his grand daughter. The great grandfathers hand blessing the one about to enter this world as he would himself soon take the Saviors hand into the next!
Shomon served with honor in the United States Army from January 22, 1951 to January 3, 1953. Shomon was part of Americas wonderful privilege of helping Germany rebuild their war torn country. Shomon will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery in Riverside, California with full military honors on October 5th 2020. In honor of our amazing father and wonderful husband to our mother, his wife, you will always be remembered with great love. Rest in peace.
"Because I live, you also will live."
Gospel of St. John the Beloved
Chapter 14 Verse 19

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