Jack Haskell Shoemaker
Jack Haskell Shoemaker
  • June 14, 1928 - February 17, 2017
  • Texas

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Jack Haskell Shoemaker went home to be with the Lord Friday Feb 17, 2017 at his home in Angleton Texas surrounded by many family members. Funeral service will be 10:00a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home,542 Hickory. Burial will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at the funeral home
Jack was born on June 13, 1928 to Lee Roy Shoemaker and Annie Carrigan Shoemaker in Rhodhiss, North Carolina where they all lived. In 1947, his mother, feeling that Jack could use a little direction, volunteered Jack for enlistment in to the United States Army Air Forces. While traveling on the train to boot camp, the men were informed that they would be split in two groups as the branch was being split into two separate branches; The United States Army and the United States Air Force, making Jack one of the first men to become a member of the US Air Force. In 1971, while stationed in Abilene Texas, Jack retired from the Air Force, serving his country for 24 years.
Jack had two angels in his life, Ruby was his first wife whom he was married to for 47 years together raising one child Don Hodges's. The second love, being wife and best friend for 17 years Brenda Oliver Shoemaker, who cared for Jack like no one else.
Although Jack had many loves, those he put first were; God, his family, USA, NASCAR and water skiing into his 70's. He was also well known for being an first rate, honest mechanic and having a race track on the south side of Abilene from 1974-1978.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lee Roy and Annie Shoemaker, first wife Ruby, siblings; Raymond, Alice, Ruby, Tommy, Ray, Bobby and Jeff, a son Don, and a granddaughter Lynn.
He is survived by his wife Brenda, children, Joyce (Luca), A.J. (Christina), John, Rhonda (Chance) grandchildren Pete (Angie), Shay (James), Brenda (Darren) Torri, Charles, Robert, Jacob, Lexi, Starr, Kaylie and Colton. Twelve and a half great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.