Gary Shoemaker

James Gerard Shoemaker, M.D. passed away at his home in Richmond, Texas, on March 31st, 2010. A native Houstonian, he was born July 3, 1950, the son of Dorothy Cire and William Howard Shoemaker.

Dr. Shoemaker was a life long member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Chris Shoemaker.

Dr. Shoemaker is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Deborah Duncan Shoemaker, who was his joy and by his side every day in his practice.

Wonderful daughters Aubrey Merton and husband Kaleb, Ashley Young and husband Justin, Elizabeth Sellers and husband Brooks, and Keli Duncan Palmer. Grandchildren Carter & Juliet Young, Olivia Palmer, Andrew & Samuel Sellers, Lauren Schell , Merilyn Guzman & Kate Cones. Sisters Jill & Jodie Shoemaker of Houston. His extended family includes Sarah R. Duncan, H. Mills Duncan III, Kent M. Duncan, Rodney D. Duncan, William R. Duncan, Dr. R. Lindsey Duncan, and Thomas C. Duncan.Dr. Shoemaker was an excellent athlete, representing the Dad's Club of Houston swim team in the 1960's and early '70's. After graduation from Strake Jesuit, Dr. Shoemaker was graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Doctor of Medicine in 1976 from The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. His Internship/Residency was at University of Texas Medical Branch Houston.Dr. Shoemaker was Medical Director, Harris County Sheriff's Department 1979-1982. He was consultant to The American Medical Association to inspect and certify Prison Medical Departments for the State of Texas. He entered Private Medical Practice 1980 through present. Dr. Shoemaker was a Member of The American Academy of Family Physicians and The Harris County Medical Society.Dr. Shoemaker, affectionately known as Gerry to his family and close friends, was an avid craftsman and founding member of the Lone Star Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, a national organization addressing the specific interests and needs of cabinetmakers who specialize in the furniture of America's past. He enjoyed performing demonstrations of 18th Century woodworking techniques at Bayou Bend and other venues around Houston. Other interests were The Rolls Royce Society and The Houston Maritime Museum.Gerry was a man of extraordinary talent. He walked gently and humbly through life, forgetful of self. Gerry practiced the lost art of communication with each patient. A medical associate described him as "the inspiration for every doctor to be". He devoted most of his life to serving others. While we mourn the loss of this great man of heart, we should not lose sight of the ideals Gerry found so important... besides the love for his family, everyone was his friend and those who spent time with him can attest to his wit, laughter, and good humor. This Easter, we say farewell to our dearest Gerry; devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and doctor, and send him to live in the House of the Lord.The Shoemaker Family wishes to thank Mario and Irene Lopez and their childern for their love and support. Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the Physicians and Staff of Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, in the Essex Room of The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land (Williams Trace Exit). Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 7, 2010, in the Morrow Chapel of The Settegast-Kopf Co. @ Sugar Creek.Memorials may be directed to the or the charity of your choice.