Oscar L. Shoemake

Sept. 12, 1929-June 13, 2001

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Oscar L. Shoemake, 72, the youngest son of Albert G. and Nora Shoemake of Baker City and later La Grande, died June 13, at his winer home located in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. He had recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with his wife, Gini, and friends.

He was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Baker. An educator by profession, he completed his graduate work at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. He was employed by the Oregon State Department of Education and later served as Malheur County school superintendent in Vale.

After leaving the education field, he and Gini owned and operated The Hitching Post, a well-known bistro located in Boardman. While there he became a serious golfer, hunter, fisherman and loved athletic events. As an advocation, golf was his first love and he never hesitated to practice and enforce the rules of golf even with family members who were prone to violate on occasion. They were told the best wood they carried in their golf bag was a pencil.

Oscar was a star athlete while attending La Grande High School and Eastern Oregon College of Education in La Grande. He served during the Korean War with an Army hospital unit in Japan where he was also active in physical education and sports activities.

Mr. Shoemake is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gini; two sons, Jimmy Shoemake of Seoul, Korea, and Randy of Portland; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews primarily located in the Northwest; two sisters, Ora Kate Olson of Anacortes, Wash., and Helen Webber of Rancho Mirage, Calif; and two brothers, Robert of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and James L. of Bellevue, Wash.

He was preceded in death by a son, David.

A memorial service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland at time of interment. The family suggests remembrances be sent to a favorite charity or to a local anti-smoking campaign office.

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