Retired Major Strother "Junior" Shumate
- September 13, 1926 - April 16, 2012
- Lafayette, Indiana
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“Our love to Marietta and Bill and Janice
1 of 12 | Posted by: Lois & Gary Eldridge
“Junior was my Dad, Ralph Shumate's cousin. He came to the hospital last September when Dad had pneumonia. I really appreciated that and I know Dad...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Shumate Sullivan - Columbus, IN
“Struther, it has been an honor knowing you !! We remember when we met you at Reihle Plaza to hear the Lafayette band in the summer. We knew you and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: David and Marlene Wilhelm - IN
“Dear Rob: I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless. With deepest sympathy, Willie
4 of 12 | Posted by: Willie L. White II - Houston, TX
“Hey Pop! I will totally miss you so much...I had so much fun playing Wii bowling with you when i came to visit you a year or 2 ago..You beat me...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Inman - Punta Gorda, FL
“You will still never beat me shooting black birds!! Thanks for all the wonderful memories and I am sure I am not far behind you!
We will miss...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Edgar Ragsdale - Nashville, TN
“Dad, How do I begin to tell you how much I am going to miss you from our talks to playing wii together! You always loved me even when it was hard to...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Hernandez - Lafayette, IN
“I once read a poem titled "The Dash". The dash was the between the year born and the year passed that is marked on the headstone. It was stated...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Christina Bage - Santa Fe, TX
“Rob, I am truly sorry for the loss of your Dad. i extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family at this very sad time
I know first hand how...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Beverly Burns - Wharton, TX
Thank you sooo much for picking me from the orphanage in Japan. You could have picked any body else, but you chose me, and because you...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Rob Shumate - Houston, TX - Son
You were the greatest grandfather any one could ask for. Meagan and I always had so much fun when we were with you. You definitely...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Stephanie Shumate Alvarado - TX
“Rest in eternity peace in the house of our Lord!
You will be missed! Always, Silly
12 of 12 | Posted by: Sylvia Avila - Houston, TX
SHUMATE, JR., Strother – 85
Retired Major Strother "Junior" Shumate, Jr., 85 of Lafayette, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 at IU Health Arnett Hospital. Born September 13, 1926 in Romney, IN, he was the son of the late Strother Shumate, Sr. and Golda Mills Shumate. He was a 1945 graduate of Romney High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1948 from the former Canterbury College in Danville, IN. He taught high school history in Cass County, he then went to work at Alcoa Aluminum for a while. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1953 for Officers Candidate School and served in Viet Nam. He retired as a Major in 1972 after serving 20 years.
Junior was a champion skeet shooter while in the Air Force. He was one of the top shooters in the world and qualified as an alternate for the U.S. Olympics Team during the 1960's.
On January 8, 1977 he married Marietta Newton Floyd at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lafayette and she survives. Junior was a member of the American Legion Post #492 in West Lafayette. He participated in the Senior Olympics medalling in table tennis, discus throw, pool, and darts. He enjoyed being a bee keeper for many years.
Surviving with his wife are four children, Robin "Rob" Shumate (wife, Deborah) of Houston, TX, Joni Taylor (husband, Lyndall) of Time, IL, Lisa A. Hernandez (husband, Ariel) of Lafayette, and Steve J. Floyd also of Lafayette. Also surviving are grandchildren: Stephanie Alvarado (husband, Joseph), Meagan Shumate, Lynn Taylor, John Taylor, Troy Taylor, Justin Floyd, Eric Floyd, Michelle Floyd, Marisa Hernandez, Andre Hernandez; Casey Smith and Rodney Riddle (wife Rhonda), and great grandchildren, Xavier Alvarado, Reed Riddle, Randi Riddle and Zoey Alvarado. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Violet Shumate and Marie Bray.
Visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Hippensteel Funeral Home with Rosary service at 4:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church with Father Jeff Martin officiating. Military honors following the mass on the steps of St. Boniface Catholic Church. Burial of ashes at a later date at Elmwood Cemetery in Romney, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Foundation or charity of donor's choice. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.comhttp://videos.lifetributes.com/299058