Roger Frank Shomers was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who dedicated his life to his family. He passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on July 26, 2023.
Born on February 4, 1935, Roger was raised in Niagara Falls, New York, the middle child of Gertrude and Frank Shomers, and brother to Tim Shomers, Gary Shomers, Marilyn (Shomers) Thurman, and Francis (Shomers) Shubert. He met his wife of 62 years, Jane (Putnam) Shomers, while in New York, and the two moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1972.
Roger worked as a carpenter in New York and Colorado for many years, eventually becoming the president of the Carpenters’ Local Union 510. He was a business agent for the Rocky Mountain Regional Council of Carpenters working into a position as the head of business agents for Colorado. Roger was additionally involved in the Building Trades Council and its activities regarding the trades located in the state of Colorado. He also acted as the carpenters’ contact with the AFLCIO in order to coordinate their actions in the state of Colorado.
While excelling in his career, Roger was also an accomplished outdoorsman. Roger enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing with his friends, children, and grandchildren, and was always excited to share his expertise with anyone. He traveled to various states and countries on hunting and fishing excursions –– he was always happy to be outdoors doing what he loved.
Roger was known by many to be a strong, hardworking person. His family will always be proud of how he was able to build a legacy purely from his own dedication and perseverance. Roger will be remembered as a treasured friend and family member, someone who was always there to lend a hand, and someone who, despite his gruff exterior, had a heart of gold.
Roger is survived by his five children: Susan (Kevin) Miller of Loveland; Sherri (Mike) Shackelford of Kingman, Arizona; Dan (Stacy) Shomers of Littleton, Colorado; Mike (Cheri) Shomers of Loveland; and Jennifer McCrory of Loveland. He is also survived by his sixteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and his sisters Marilyn and Francis.
The family is holding a private service to honor and remember Roger. In lieu of flowers, they request donations be made to the Colorado Youth Outdoors to provide young people with an opportunity for outdoor education.