Garland E Shoemaker

February 20, 1929May 1, 2018

Passed away May 1, 2018, after a long illness, leaving a wife, Margaret Anne, three children, Karen Bowes, Bruce and David (Dodie) Shoemaker, and two step-sons, John and Bob Comber. He also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Garland was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on February 20, 1929. He attended Oklahoma University and served in the Air Force during the Korean War as an Airborne Radio Instructor. Garland moved to Florida in 1958 and worked at Patrick Air Force Base and later worked at Kennedy Space Center for over 40 years. He served as a deacon at King Street Baptist Church for many years and in 1988 after marrying his present wife, he became a member of First Baptist Church of Merritt Island where he served as an usher until three years ago when he became ill. Garland became a Christian when he was eleven years old and served the Lord for the rest of his life. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 8 from 6 - 8 pm. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 10:30 am at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home, 1360 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL 32953


  • Margaret Anne Garland, Wife
  • Karen Bowes, Daughter
  • Bruce Shoemaker, Son
  • David (Dodie) Shoemaker, Son
  • John Comber, Step-Son
  • Robert Comber, Step-Son
  • Garland also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Garland E Shoemaker

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Matthew Shoemaker

May 8, 2018

Garland is my Grandfather. I have many memories but one of my favorites was when I was growing up he would always come pick me up and we’d go see a movie. It would be just him and me. And we had a lot of fun. I love him and there’s not many people like him on earth. He was a class-act. I miss and love him very much. I think of him often.