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CW4 James "Jim" Cecil Shoemaker was born on November 28, 1939, and died on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the VA Hospital, Temple, Texas. Jim packed many lives into one lifetime, but, first and foremost, Jim thought of himself as a helicopter pilot. He has now made his final helicopter flight to his Heavenly home. He grew up around Diamond, Mo.
Jim had a tour of duty in Vietnam, 1960-1970; and Operation Desert Storm, 1991. Jim received numerous awards in his time of service, including the Legion of Merit award, 1st Squadron, 7th Cav.
After 26 years of military service, Jim retired and learned square dancing with the Killeen Kickers and danced until the time of his death. Jim received his Associates of Arts from George Washington University. He later continued his education with the University of Central Texas and received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science. Jim has been an active member Grace Bible Church, Killeen.
Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, Cecil and Goldie Shoemaker, of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; a niece, Claire Brown, of Tok, Alaska.
Jim is survived by his sister, Virginia Brown, Killeen; son, Douglas (Shoemaker) Tanner and wife, Kem, Joplin, Mo., granddaughter, Abby Baker and husband, Preston, and great-granddaughter, Sophie, Seneca, Mo.; and a grandson, Jacob Tanner and great-granddaughter, Sadie, Joplin; niece, Lauren Burnham and husband, Glenn, Tok; nephews, Darren Brown and wife, Holly, and great-niece, Daisy Brown, California, James Burnham, Tok; niece, Claire Burnham and fiancé, Grady Bristol, Tok.
Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Appleton City, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, please make your contribution to Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 937 or Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Published on May 10, 2017
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