William Val “Bill” Shumate, 95, departed this life peacefully, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at home. Born on Feb. 2, 1924, to William Valdimer and Zella Rudy Shumate, raised in Colorado, he had moved to North Carolina to live with his daughter Karol following the death of his wife of 72 years, Dona Jean, a year ago.
Bill was a World War II navy veteran serving as an FC2 on the destroyer escort USS Rall in the Pacific theater. When the war ended, he returned to Denver, married, got his electrical engineering degree from the University of Colorado and began his career with the Boeing Aircraft Company, where he worked for 32 years, living and traveling all over the world.
After retirement, he and Dona Jean returned to Colorado and settled in Bailey. He served as VFW Post 8661 commander, helped organize Bailey Days and volunteered as a dispatcher with the Platte Canyon Fire Department.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Jean Mcintosh of Colorado and Karol Dee Fair (Christopher) of North Carolina; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He made friends easily and was well loved everywhere he went. He was an avid chess player, challenging anyone who wanted to play.
Interment and memorial services will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo., alongside his beloved wife at 1 p.m. on Dec. 4. Staging and reception will take place at 398 South Balsam Street, Lakewood, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church Youth Storm Fund. Checks can be mailed directly to Trinity UMC. Please put Youth Storm Fund in the memo line; or you can donate online at https://nccpilgrimage.org/missions/.