The “Love-you-bye's” at the end of every phone call will be missed forever but wonderful memories remain after the death of Casey Lee Shoemate, the Miller County deputy killed in a car accident Friday while responding to a call.

The “Love-you-bye’s” at the end of every phone call will be missed forever but wonderful memories remain after the death of Casey Lee Shoemate, the Miller County deputy killed in a car accident Friday while responding to a call. In his obituary, the 26-year-old is remembered by his family as “Case,” someone you could always count on for funny quips and come-backs as well as bear hugs and kindness, be it toward family, friends or the community. 

His life remembered now at so young an age offers a glimpse of the humanity behind the badge, with reminisces of fun times playing video games with buddies, nerf wars with his family and enjoying trying new food recipes. 

Shoemate had served with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office since October 3, 2017, but he began his service to the community through law enforcement in 2013 after graduating from the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy. Following his graduation, he had worked for the Eldon Police Department and the Versailles Police Department.

Deputy Shoemate was responding to a residential structure fire on Hittridge Road southwest of Eldon when the accident occurred on State Route Y at 5:50 p.m. April 20, 2018.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol preliminary crash investigation reported that Deputy Shoemate had lights and sirens activated as he attempted to pass a fire truck on its way to provide mutual aid at the fire. As the Dodge Charger patrol car attempted the maneuver, it struck an oncoming Toyota 4Runner head-on near Rabbit Hill Road. 

Deputy Shoemate, “Case,” was pronounced dead at the scene, the 15th person killed in a motor vehicle accident on the highways of the 13-county Troop F region of the Highway Patrol this year and the sixth just this month. The driver of the Toyota — Robert Levin, a 65-year-old pastor from Florissant, Missouri — was seriously injured as well. Flown by the Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Levin remains in care.

Casey Shoemate leaves two young children and many other loved ones and friends. For memorials, the family encourages contributions to son Sam, 7, and daughter McKenzie, 3. An account has been created at Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks under the title “Casey Shoemate Memorial Fund”.

A visitation in honor and remembrance of Casey Shoemate will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Corporal Brian Jarrett will officiate at funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018. After a too-short but full life, Casey Shoemate will then be laid to rest at the Eldon City Cemetery.

The Miller County Courthouse will be closed on Wednesday for the funeral. During these days of mourning, multiple departments in the region are helping cover service for the Miller County Sheriff’s Department.