ELROY D. SIMNACHER

Elroy D. Simnacher, of Lubbock, formerly of Pep, Texas died Oct. 12, 2017. Funeral services were held, Oct. 16, at 11 am at Christ the King Cathedral. Interment followed in Pep. Services were under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Park Elroy was born Jan. 8, 1934 in Littlefield, to Philip and Delila Downs Simnacher. He graduated from Pep High School and then from Texas Tech University. He married Patricia Verkamp. Elroy received his commission as a 2nd Lt in the US Air Force through the ROTC program at Texas Tech University. He entered the pilot training program and received his Aeronautical rating of pilot at Reese Air Force Base class of ’57. He then was assigned to teach student pilots at the Instructor School at Goodfellow Air Force Base San Angelo. He was then sent to James Connally Air Force Base in Waco, Texas to fly students in the navigator training program in T 33 air crafts as well as the C 119. Following military service he attended St. Mary’s School of Law graduating in 1964. He practiced law in San Antonio for two years and remained in the Air Force reserves for 23 years. In 1968 he was recalled to active duty with the US Air Force 433 Air Lift Wing. He flew troops and cargo to Vietnam, Europe and Africa. He was made Air Craft Commander flying the C 124. He received the Airman’s Medal, Airforce Accommodation Medal, Airforce Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, and the Airforce Longevity Liaison Service Medal. He was the Air Force Academy liaison officer for West Texas. He practiced law in Lubbock for 40 years, serving for 25 years as city attorney for the City of Wolfforth. He retired in 2010. Elroy was actively engaged in the local community, serving on numerous boards of civic and church organizations. He was a member of the Lubbock Bar Association. He was a Eucharistic minister and proclaimer of the Word at Christ the King Cathedral. Survivors include son, Brad of Lubbock; daughter, Laurie Lewis of Kingwood; two grandchildren, Rachael and Brandon Lewis of Kingwood; and one sister, Loretta Kuhler of Phoenix, AZ. The family suggests memorials to Lubbock Lions Club, the Catholic Foundation, or Christ the King Cathedral.

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