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J.R. Showers III, 69, of Shelbyville

J.R. Showers III, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, at MHP surrounded by family.

He was born August 10, 1953, the son of Joe and Martha (Tuerff) Showers. On December 18, 1976, he married the love of his life Carol (Willey), and she survives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

J.R. is survived by his daughters, Brendon (Dan) Neal of Indianapolis, and Martha (Thomas) Showers of Shelbyville; grandchildren Eli, Olly, Ella, Felix, Carter, Zoe and Nya.

He will also be missed by his beloved dog, Lulu.

J.R. was associated with Indiana Cash Drawer Co. for over 30 years, ultimately as President and CEO. Indiana Cash Drawer was started in 1921 by his grandfather, Joseph Ralph Showers, Sr. J.R. graduated from Waldron High School in 1971 and attended Vincennes University.

He served as director at Farmers National Bank and as a board member of Shelby County Youth Shelter. He was a member of the United States Power Squadron and Hoosier Power Squadron boating clubs, a Freemason with the Sugar Creek Lodge 279 in Fairland, Ind., Elks Club, Jaycees, Waldron United Methodist Church, Wi-Hub, and Columbia Club.

J.R. was Shelby County Republican Chairman from 2007 to 2017. He was also a proud recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash bestowed upon him by Governor Eric Holcomb.

J.R. enjoyed boating, taking his family on cruises, reading biographies, talking politics, and especially watching his grandkids swim in the pool.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2023 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the funeral homes, with Rev. Marcy Patrick officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. 

A Celebration of J.R. ‘s life will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Blessings Opera House, 18 Public Square, Suite 200, in Shelbyville.

Donations can be made to the Shelbyville/Shelby Co. Animal Shelter or choice of fund at Blue River Foundation: Norman Willey Beautification Fund, Willey Scholarship Fund at University of Indianapolis, or the Free Clinic Fund.

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