Rollin Ray Shoemaker

Lt Colonel Rollin Ray Shoemaker

Lt Colonel Rollin Ray Shoemaker (Retired) was born in Greeley, Colorado to Harriet and Floyd Shoemaker on October 16th 1934. He attended South High School and graduated in 1952. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Achievement in 1950 for 4H work on soil conservation and erosion followed by the National 4H Achievement Medal in 1952. He was the cadet Wing Commander for the ROTC program at Colorado State University where he graduated in 1956 with a degree in Agronomy. He married Julianne Lindsay on February 11, 1956 in Boulder Colorado. He spent a year (1956-57) in northwestern India as an agricultural advisor affiliated to the International Farm Youth Exchange.
He was commissioned into the US Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant on June 2, 1957. He was a 25 year veteran of the Air Force attaining the rank of Lt Colonel with the following military honors - the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Air Force
Longevity Service Ribbon with 5 Oak Leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He retired from active duty in 1982 and became the JROTC instructor at Peoria High School, Peoria Arizona teaching from 1983 to 1996. He received his Master's in Social Science: Public Administration from Colorado State University in 1979 and did work toward a Doctorate in Education while residing in Arizona.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Julianne, his six living children - Gregory, Darlene, Gene, Richard, Robert, DM and his six grandchildren Robert, Lindsay, Eamon, Lara, Celia, and Blythe. He will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver Colorado beside his son Glenn. A full military honors interment of Lt Colonel Rollin Ray Shoemaker will be at Fort Logan Cemetery on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:00pm. The meeting place will be at staging area "A" at the cemetery.
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Funeral services were provided by Drinkwine Family Mortuary, Littleton, CO; www.drinkwinemortuary.com.

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from May 1 to May 31, 2013