Hundreds attend General Robert Shoemaker's funeral service

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2018-11-03 15:19:54-04

Hundreds attended General Robert Shoemaker's funeral Wednesday afternoon.

The service was full, as Reverend Jimmy Towers said, "not because he died, but because he lived"  and to honor the legacy he left behind. 

Gen. Shoemaker was known throughout the military and community for his detailed plans and guidance.

"For example, you are witnessing his clear intent here this afternoon. He personally prepared and issued an op order," Lt. Gen (Ret.) Pete Taylor said.  

General Shoemaker planned every detail of his own funeral including making everyone in attendance stand for the Shoemaker High School Alma Mater. 

General Shoemaker was escorted by First Cavalry Division into Central Texas Veterans State Cemetery on a horse-drawn carriage for his burial service with military honors.

"Few could ever hope to attain his accomplishments as he freely gave his whole heart to his family, community, state, Army and country," Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, the Commanding General of Fort Hood, said.  

The military performed Taps followed by a cannon and gun salute.

"His legacy has forever been imprinted on The Great Place," Lt. Gen. Funk added. 

"He's become our mentor, our leader, our friend and colleague, and his memory will remain with us forever," Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Taylor added. 

Lt. Gen.Taylor said after today, the only thing left to say to General Shoemaker is "thank you."

After General Abrams presented Mrs. Shoemaker with the flag at the burial... Mrs. Shoemaker then turned and presented the flag to the principal of Shoemaker High School where it will be put on display. 

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