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Obituary for Ross E. Shawaker
Ross E. Shawaker of Brookings, Ore., passed away on March 21, 2014 in Crescent City, Calif. He was 88 years old. Ross was born Aug. 21, 1925 in Portage, a small village in Wood County, Ohio, to Wilbur and Florence (Eckert) Shawaker. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, where he served during World War II for a year. After his honorable discharge, he went to Bowling Green State University where he received his undergraduate degree in business administration. Ross married Elaine Hirschy on Sept. 5, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio.
A true academic, Ross went on to do his graduate studies in philosophy at both Columbia University and Yale University. He was a golf pro, and golfing was his passion. He worked a variety of professions, and ultimately settled in as a real estate investor.
Ross is survived by his wife, Elaine, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brothers Franklin Shawaker and Karl Shawaker, and sisters Freda Shawaker and Fern.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South Coast Humane Society, 828 Railroad St., Brookings.