Bruce Patterson Shewmaker

Jan 22, 1926 - Oct 29, 2017


Bruce Patterson Shewmaker, 91, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 29, 2017. He was born on January 22, 1926, two minutes after his twin sister was born in Coral Gables, Florida. He is survived by his son David Shewmaker, daughters Cindy Kristic and Michelle Kim, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. His wife of 67 years, Lois Shewmaker, passed away in 2014.

Bruce went to Purdue University majoring in aeronautical engineering. He served in the Navy half way through college, teaching sailors to repair radio receivers. He went back to college after the war, married Lois in 1947 and completed multiple master degrees in 1949. He accepted a job with Aerojet in 1956 and moved his family across the country to California.

His children were always proud to say that their dad was a rocket scientist. He was part of the space age, helping to put the first man on the moon. He worked long hours but was there for his family, helping with math homework (after all, he was the expert!) or supporting his children’s various hobbies and activities. He loved photography and fixing his own cars. Many hours were spent tinkering in his homemade dark room or making sure everyone’s car was in working order.

The family would like to thank The Commons of Elk Grove Assisted Living and Memory Care for their excellent loving care of both Lois and Bruce. The Alzheimer’s journey is a rough one and all phases of the disease were lovingly and patiently cared for with respect and dignity for all involved.

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