Confirmed: Neal Nelbach, US Air Force Retired, Vietnam (125-21) 6 Jul 21

July 6, 2021 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Colonial Funeral Home
625 Kitty Hawk Rd
Universal City, TX 78148
Confirmed: Neal Nelbach, US Air Force Retired, Vietnam (125-21) 6 Jul 21 @ Colonial Funeral Home | Universal City | Texas | United States


The family of Mr. Neal Nelbach, a US Air Force (Ret.) Veteran, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.

Mr. Neal Nelbach, 75, of San Antonio, TX, peacefully passed away on June 1st 2021.
Neal was born on October 17th, 1945 to Gerald and Gladys Nelbach in the town of Utica, NY. Shortly after Neal graduated from New Hartford High, he joined the United States Air Force in May of 1965.
On Valentine’s Day in 1976, he married Sandra Acha in San Antonio, TX. Just over a year later, Neal and Sandra had a son, Chris. During Neal’s career, his family experienced living in various cities and countries including Germany, Greece, Florida and eventually and finally, San Antonio, TX. Neal was married to Sandra until she passed away in 1999.
Neal spent 39 years working for the USAF (22 active duty and 17 civil duty). While in active duty he reached the rank of Senior Master Seargent. During his career, Neal was awarded many honors. Several of his notable medals included the Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
After 4 decades of serving his country, Neal finally retired in 2003. Neal then found enjoyment through travel, spending time with friends and especially connecting with his son and grandchildren. His family cannot recall any event or occasion, no matter how small, in which Neal was not present and active. He was very proud of recently becoming a great grandfather and was excited to meet Melody, recently born in February of 2021.
Even in his final years, Neal still inspired his family and those around him. After almost 60 years of smoking, he accomplished his lifelong goal of quitting the habit and did so for over a year successfully. At age 73, he snorkeled the waters of Playa del Carmens greatest Cenotes. During their last family cruise together, when asked to choose between levels of difficulty during a zipline adventure, Neal surprisingly chose the most adventurous course stating, “You only live once…make it count.”
Neal was predeceased by his parents, Gerald & Gladys, his sister Gayle and his wife Sandra. He is survived by his brother, Bryan, his son Chris, daughter in law Cristina, his granddaughters Araceli, Alina, Melania & Amelia, and great granddaughter Melody. Neal was kind, proud, strong, humble, and stoic. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Neal was a member of the American Legion Post 593 in Converse, TX. He also was a civil servant for the USAF for an additional 17 years after his initial retirement

WEATHER: Hi 85 / Lo 74, 50% Chance of Rain, 81% Humidity, Wind: 10 mph SE

REQUESTOR: Chris Nelbach, Son


STAGING: 8:30 am, Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road

Universal City, Texas 78148 o8Q2


BRIEFING: 8:45 am


SERVICE: 9:30 am

Colonial Funeral Home

625 Kitty Hawk Road

Universal City, Texas 78148 o8Q2


KSU: 10:30 am (Semper Gumby)


INTERMENT: 11:00 am – Shelter #1 (Call to Verify)

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road

San Antonio, Texas 78209


RC: Kurt “Goose” Goslin


FC: Rich “Pach” Pachecano

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
Dignity, Honor, Respect
Cell: 562-413-2223

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