August 16, 1927 – January 2, 2018

Dale H. Shoemaker, Sr., 90, of La Junta, passed away on January 2, 2018 at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center in Walsenburg, CO. He was born to Floyd & Cora (Martin) Shoemaker on August 16, 1927 in Jetmore, Kansas. Dale married Simone Carrica on Dec. 27, 1949 in Raton, NM; she preceded him in death on July 23, 1996. 
Dale served in the US Army in Korean during WWII. He owned and operated Shoemaker Welding for over thirty years, retiring in 2001. Dale loved his family and friends, was an expert marksman and won many National Rifle Association shooting awards. He was a founding member of the La Junta Rifle Club and loved being outdoors. Dale loved traveling, which included several cruises and European trips.
Dale is survived by his daughter, Kathy A. (Randy) Wilson of Walsenburg; sons, Dale (Sue) Shoemaker, Jr. of Buena Vista, CO and Rick (Sheari) Shoemaker of La Junta; grandchildren, Jason (Teradette) Wilson, Ami (Dan) Ripka, Rachel (Mark) Calvert, Seth Shoemaker, Jon (Laura) Shoemaker, Justin Shoemaker and Jared Shoemaker; sister, Hazel Corbin. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sisters, Evelyn Shoemaker, Alberta Craig & Oma Griffith.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Peacock Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gail Allen of the Arkansas Valley Cowboy Church officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Peacock Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice (, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO, 81005; Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, 23500 US-160, Walsenburg, CO, 81089; La Junta Rifle Club; NRA; V.F.W; direct or through the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home & Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements.