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Shoemaker, Rodney W.



Rodney W. Shoemaker a native of Albuquerque for 87 years, began his heavenly life with Jesus on August 16, 2016, with family by his side. Rodney was born October 27, 1928, in Albuquerque, NM, on the kitchen table in an adobe home his father built.

He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1946 and attended UNM which forever held a special place in his heart. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 8 years, and was a deputy sheriff in his younger years. In 1955, after dating for only 8 months, he married the love of his life, Beverly Sue Hazel. He was the Senior Vice President of Albuquerque Federal Savings & Loan, having worked his way to that position after starting his career in the banking business as a janitor. He retired after 40+ years in the banking and finance industry. Rodney was on the Board, was Chairman of, or President of, 42 city, state, and national organizations, including Chairman of: United Way, UNICEF, Camp Enchantment for children with cancer, and the UNM Tucker Golf Tournament. He was President of the: Albuquerque Kiwanis, Optimist Club, and Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, Albuquerque Boys Club, UNM Alumni Association, UNM Presidential Scholarship Board, and an Honorary UNM Letterman. Most near and dear to his heart, he was the President of the UNM Lobo Club and was an Honorary Lifetime Member. He served on the boards of: Albuquerque Economic Development and Industrial Foundation, US Savings and Loan League Board (22 years), and the Albuquerque Citizens Committee. He was also a member of the New Mexico Amigos and received numerous honors and awards for his dedication to community service. He sang in the Albuquerque Boys Choir and ran track for UNM. He was on the crew of a nationally competitive Hot Air Balloon team with his family and was an avid golfer. He was a dedicated Lobo Club fundraiser and attended countless football and basketball games following his beloved Lobos wherever they traveled.

Rodney was a dedicated husband of 60 years, taught his daughters how to fish, shoot guns, play basketball, play softball, to dream big and believe in themselves, and most importantly how to live a Christian Life. Rodney was a wonderful, dedicated, and gentle Granddaddy to his two grandchildren; he shared his passion of golf with them, and was their biggest fan, attending numerous soccer and basketball games, cheering them on and maybe a little yelling at the refs on their behalf. Rodney was witty, honest, and dedicated to his friends and family. He is now free and golfing with Jesus on the most heavenly golf courses, praising God and setting tee times for those who will follow.

He is preceded in death by his parents John C. and Ledah Shoemaker, his in-laws Sue and W.A. McCollum, and his brother-in-law Jack Grimes.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly Sue Hazel Shoemaker; his daughter Pam (Danny) Cox, his daughter Trish (Gary D.) Bennett; grandchildren Ryley T and Joshua Matthew Bennett, his brother Don (Fran) Shoemaker, Sister Clara Grimes, and several nephews and nieces.

Services will take place at 10:30 AM on Friday, Sept. 9th at Oasis Family Church, 7500 Montgomery Blvd NE. Parking is available around the building â€" please use North entrance.

To celebrate his life and his desire to serve others, in lieu of flowers and at his request, his family has established the "Rod Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship Fund" at the University of New Mexico. Should friends wish to honor his legacy, they can do so by donating to one of their favorite charities (or his) or by memorial contributions mailed to the UNM Foundation, Two Woodward Center, 700 Lomas Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or made online at https://www.unmfund.org/online-giving (Please include a note to direct the donations to the Rod Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship). If you would like to bring a special picture of Rod, or a memory, the family would cherish having a collection to share for generations to come.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Aug. 30, 2016
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