Earl A. Backor
Earl Andrew Backor was born on July 24, 1926, in Crystal City, Texas, to Olga and Stephen Andrew Backor. He died at the age of 91 on June 28, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.
He graduated high school in Crystal City in 1943.
Earl married the love of his life, Shirley May Moore, on Sept. 4, 1947.
In his early life, he was an Eagle Scout and later became a scout master. He worked as a welder for more than 70 years. He was still welding and cutting down trees at 90 years old. He loved what he did and always felt highly blessed to be able to continue to work in his yard and in his shop up until he left the earth. Anyone who knew him knew how important his projects were to him. He always had one more left.
He loved his family and his friends and was often heard to say how blessed he was by the people in his life. His sense of humor and welcoming spirit were known by many. Anyone who visited with him for any length of time was more than likely to become a friend to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Shirley, and his brother, Ben Backor.
He is survived by his children and their families: Dorothy Brady of San Antonio, Beth Hammer and her husband, Dan, of Hobbs, New Mexico; son Steve and wife, Karen, of Kerrville; daughter Kathleen Zadik of Natalia; son Ricky Backor of Temple; son Paul Backor and wife, Jeanie, of Hondo; daughter Barbie Hoffman of Uvalde; daughter Sharon Vaughan and husband, Jeff, of Uvalde; and daughter Karen McLaughlin and husband, Don Jr., of Uvalde.
He was blessed by 23 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one sister, Mary Longbrake and her husband, Tom; one brother-in-law, Jack Moore and his wife, Tinker, and one sister-in-law, Mary Jean Kilpatrick. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved.
A funeral mass was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Honorary pallbearers will be his dear friends, Charlie Romans, Larry Truelove, Jimmy Crawford, Joe Parker. Ruben Stonecipher, Tim Ligocky, his sons-in-law and his grandsons.
In Earl’s spirit of taking care of others, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any children’s hospital or charity of one’s choice.
The preceding is a paid obituary.