Confirmed: Elmer Castor, Veteran US Army/Air Force, WWII (132-21) 19 JUL 21

When:
July 19, 2021 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
2021-07-19T08:30:00-05:00
2021-07-19T10:30:00-05:00
Where:
Lowe's Home Improvement
1470 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, TX 78209
USA
US ARMY/AIR FORCE VETERAN – WWII

The family of Mr. Elmer Castor, a US Army/Air Force Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.  We are honored to accept this invitation.

Elmer L. Castor, 97, of Bandera, Texas, passed away on June 5, 2021 in Bandera, Texas. He was born in Oklahoma on September 15, 1923 to Earl Wayne Castor and Elma Clyde Castor. He was married to Ohnoma Faye Castor.

The following are memories that were shared by Elmer to his friend, Shelly Richards:
Elmer Castor was a wonderful Christian man. He believed with all of his heart that God was taking care of him and would take him home to Heaven when the time was right. He said his Mom read the Bible to them every night. He dearly loved his family and prayed for them daily to be healthy, happy and safe. He missed being an independent man. He did not like to ask for help. He felt like he was troubling people. His passion was music. He loved to sing and took his wife dancing in his younger years. He loved watching the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night and especially listening to Daniel O’Donnell. He knew many artist’s names and sat down and talked with quite a few. His memory was amazing for a 97-year-old man. He loved sitting outside with a “Tootsie pop” and a cup of coffee in his last years. He also loved Milky Way bars and refried beans from El Jacalito. He said that he and his wife loved to eat there. Elmer loved the outdoors and was a hardworking man who started helping his Mom with the plowing of the fields when he was about 7 years old. He told me that he wasn’t quite as tall as the plow handles but he could do it. He loved helping his Mom. He enlisted in the Army and worked on the motor pool because they needed him there. He tried to enlist at age 16 but had to wait until just before his 18th birthday. He loved his country and was proud to serve. After his time in the Army, he went to work as a trucker and worked all over the United States. He also loved his coffee. He said when he was around 7 years old, he asked his Mom if he could have some coffee. She poured him a cup and he drank coffee with her every day. Oh, how he loved his Mom and his wife. He said they were excellent cooks. He loved his family so much. I first met him when I heard a gentleman singing “How Great Thou Art”. I followed the voice and started singing with him. I was looking into the face of one of the cutest smiling faces I had ever seen. We became instant friends for life. He was a lovable rascal. We sang together and talked about our families and life. He shared some great stories of his younger days. I, and all who met him, will miss him so very much because he brought the sunshine into the room with his very presence. He is now happy and healthy with his wife and Mom in Heaven. May we sing in Heaven again.

Elmer Castor was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his two sons, William Earl Castor and Doyle Lindin Castor.  Elmer Castor is survived by his son, Kenneth Castor of Bandera, Texas along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

WEATHER:  Hi 91 / Lo 74, 0% Chance of Rain, 68% Humidity, Wind: 8 mph SE

REQUESTOR:  Amanda Hall, Family SPOX

STAGING:  8:30 am, Monday, July 19, 2021
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1470 Austin Hwy
San Antonio, Texas 78209
https://goo.gl/maps/ERgNaKivkcN2

BRIEFING:  8:45 am

KSU:  9:00 am (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   9:30 am – Shelter #3
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209
https://goo.gl/maps/Q9DUsYSBUS92

RC:   Jim “Red” Hefner
aaahefner@aol.com

FC:   Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener
hwagener@sbcglobal.net

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223

bobtxpgr@gmail.com