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Roger Dean Shoemaker


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Roger Dean Shoemaker, 75

Roger Dean Shoemaker passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Alamogordo from complications of vascular dementia. His daughters were by his side.
Roger was born in Bourneville, Ohio, on April 29, 1935, and graduated from Twin High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force and retired after 20 years. His most proud moment was guarding the presidential aircraft during a visit by President John F. Kennedy to London, England.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1975, he moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he adopted two burros from the Arizona desert, Desert Flower and Cactus, rescued from the Grand Canyon as part of the Bureau of Land Management's Burro Relocation Program. He was also a proud participant of the Sam Davis Days in Murfreesboro.
He enjoyed showing young children the real source of milk - cows, not the grocery store. He later moved to Auburntown, Tenn., and then Woodbury, Tenn., where he continued raising his burros and horses. He relocated to New Mexico to be close to his daughters in 2006.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents Milton and Gladys (Cook) Shoemaker, of Chillicothe, Ohio; brothers Walter Shoemaker and Albert Shoemaker; nephew Steven Shoemaker; and niece Lorenda Wagoner.
He is survived by his daughters, Sigrund Shoemaker and her partner, Mike Bell, of La Luz, and Shelley Bailey and her husband, John, of Alamogordo; grandson Stephen Bloss, of Vancouver, Wash.; brother Wesley Shoemaker and his wife, Bertie, of Bainbridge, Ohio; sister Charlotte Cottrill and her husband, Robert, of Chillicothe; numerous nephews and nieces; and Sam P and WeeZie, his beloved pets.
At the family's request, no services will be held. They have also suggested donations be made in Roger's name to the Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 8, 2010 to Jan. 8, 2011
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