Obituary: Robert “Bob” H. Shoemaker |

Obituary: Robert “Bob” H. Shoemaker

On July 3, 2015, Bob passed away with his wife Rosemary and son Robert Lee at his side, in Rockport,Texas. Bob was born in Youngstown, Ohio on March 19, 1946, to Paul and Dorothy Shoemaker. After graduating from Boardman High School, he attended Youngstown State University and Kent State University, majoring in business administration. In 1966, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as an electronic technician in both Thailand and Japan. Upon his return, he served as an Ohio State Trooper and won recognition for exemplary service.

In 1991, he moved to Denver, where he trained for environmental remediation and worked for Envirocon Inc. where he helped clean up Rocky Flats of hazardous waste. While in Denver, he met and married Rosemary Vieux. They bought the Lone Eagle Lodge and Standard Station in Grand Lake. Not only did Bob serve as Trustee for Grand Lake but he pursued his lifelong love of pyrotechnics. On the Fourth of July, he produced a spectacular fireworks display, coordinated with music.

In 1998, they moved to Rockport, Texas, where Bob again became involved with community activities, as well as serving as Council Member and Council President of his Lutheran Church. He continued his pyrotechnics business, putting on many displays for the Fourth of July and other major events for surrounding towns.

A Remembrance Service in celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rockport on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

PO Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210-4486.

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