Shoemake, Jim J. passed away on June 28, 2017, at home after a brief battle with leukemia. Jim leaves behind his beloved wife Rita after over 55 years of marriage, their three daughters Susie Klemm, Kathy Birchfield and Sarah Shoemake Doles, and eleven grandchildren. Jim is survived by his brother Bob Shoemake. Jim was born in Greenville, Missouri and resided continuously in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area since 1967. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University and was a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Jim worked in the United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, under the United States Attorney General's Program for Honor Law Graduates, and was an Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Missouri. In 1970, Jim joined the law firm that became known as Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake, L.L.C. as a senior partner. After joining the firm, he served as City Attorney and Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Fenton, Missouri, for six years. While at the firm, Jim obtained the thenlargest civil judgment in the history of the State of Missouri when he obtained a verdict for $105,000,000 in an antitrust lawsuit. Jim served on the Board of Directors of a number of charitable and not-for-profit entities, including the Urological Research Foundation and Lindenwood University, where he was Chairman. Jim served as President and Director of the American Quarter Horse Association, the world's largest equine association, and has served on numerous committees for that association. Jim also served as President, Vice President and Director of the Missouri Quarter Horse Association and on the Board of Trustees and as Chairman for the American Horse Council in Washington, DC. Jim and Rita have owned a farm near Farmington, Missouri for almost fifty years, where he could relax and spend quality time with his family. He often said that whenever there was a pause in the conversation, he would head to the farm. Jim and Rita bred and raised registered quarter horses. Jim's love for his family, the law, and his horses guided his life and inspired all those who knew him. Services: Jim's life will be celebrated at an open house on Friday, July 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63102. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, P.O. Box 32111, Amarillo, Texas 79120. www.boppchapel.com
Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jul. 2, 2017.