Graveside services for Rudy Allen Shoemaker will be held on Friday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at Swimmer Cemetery. Visitation for Rudy will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Reed-Culver Chapel. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Rudy Allen Shoemaker was born on Aug. 17, 1943, in Tahlequah, the son of Verdett and Ann (Ogle) Shoemaker. Rudy was raised in Tahlequah and attended Tahlequah High School. He enlisted in the US Army in February of 1962 and served as an engineering equipment repairman in Germany, France, and Italy, until his honorable discharge in 1965.
Upon returning from active duty, he met and married his first wife, Sue Nell George, in Tahlequah. They resided in Tulsa for 11 years and later moved to Sapulpa for 12 years, until Sue’s untimely passing in July of 1988, at the age of 46.
Rudy earned his associates degree in drafting from Oklahoma State Technical School in Okmulgee, and worked for Unit Rig and Equipment Company in Tulsa as an engineering draftsman for many years.
Whenever Rudy wasn’t working, he loved an afternoon spent fishing and searching for treasures at the local flea markets. Rudy was outgoing, a friend to many, and always had a positive attitude. He never met a stranger and made a point to keep in touch with many of his childhood friends.
He was passionate about politics and held conservative views as a Republican. A Christian by faith, Rudy spent much of his free time reading his Bible. He was an avid supporter of the Haiti Childrens Fund and contributed every chance he got. Rudy was an independent spirit and remained active even as his health began to fail. Rudy was often seen driving his old Dodge truck around town.
Rudy was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 28, in Tahlequah. He was 70 years old. Rudy will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and loved him.
Rudy is preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Sue Nell Shoemaker.
Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Teresa Tackett and husband, David of Tahlequah; one nephew, Jerrad Tackett; one niece, Haylee Tackett; a special cousin, Sandra Merrill of Gans; his childhood friend, Richard Garner; his retirement friend, George Dunavin; his many friends and companions at Wisdom Keepers and Cherokee Elder Care; as well as many cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.