Walter W "Kip" Shewmaker

Profile Updated: December 16, 2018
Residing In: Fosterburg, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Gloria
Occupation: Retired
Children: Ben born 10/1976
Sarah born 11/1978
9 grandchildren

Married Gloria Watson (from Grafton, Jerseyville class of 1971) in 1974. We have two children...Ben is an Alton firefighter/paramedic, married to Erin (Kessinger) in 2003. They have four children, Elijah born in 2006, Alexis born in 2008, Liam born in 2011 and Sabra born in 2013.

Sarah married Jeff Yates in 1998. They currently live outside of Troy, Mo. and have 5 children...Chris, born in 1997, Caleb, born in 2000 and Tyler, born in 2002. In May of 2018 they adopted sisters Peggy, age 16 and Kaylyn, age 15.

I retired in March 2009 from the ConocoPhillips Refinery (formerly Shell) after nearly 30 years working there. Gloria retired in May 2014 after 28 years at Alton High.

We own a Harley and enjoy taking trips on it. We've riden to Montana twice and have riden in about 30 different states. We lived in Houston for about 3 years after we were married, then moved back to the Alton area in 1977. I still enjoy hunting and fishing.

Update Dec. 2018......the Harley has been gone now for a few years now. Gloria and I purchased a winter home in Okeechobee, FL earlier this year. We enjoy the warm weather and I can pursue my present hobby of shooting sporting clays. There are several gun clubs in the Okeechobee area and some large tournaments throughout the winter.

School Story:

Godfrey Grade school K thru 1
McKinley / Delmar school 2 thru 6
North Junior
Alton High
Lewis and Clark Community College

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With first grandchild, Wesley Rose
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