LAWTON, Okla. - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Roy E. Penepacker, 85, of Lawton, Okla., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Lawton, Okla.
Born July 31, 1927, in Lewistown, he was the son of Roy and Edna Penepacker. He graduated from Lewistown High School in 1945 and worked in civilian industry until drafted into the U.S. Army in September, 1945. He attended OCS at Fort Sill and retired after 20 years of service on Nov. 1, 1971, in the grade LTC. His overseas tours included two in Korea, one in Germany and one in Vietnam.
He graduated from Cameron University in 1972 and was employed by The Field Artillery School from 1974 to 1991, serving as a combat developer for laser, server and computer systems. He was deputy Tradoc systems manager for the Advanced FA Tactical Data System at the time of his retirement. His military awards include the Department of Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service upon his civilian retirement in 1991.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Roy E. Penepacker
Roy married Svea Aurell on April 16, 1954, in Lawton, Okla. He was a member of: the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder, trustee, foundation trustee and taught the Builder's Sunday school class for 20 years; Lawton Masonic Lodge No. 183, F&AM; Guthrie Scottish Rite Consistory; India Temple, Oklahoma City; Fort Sill Chapter No. 129; National Sojourners, where he served as a chapter secretary for many years; the Retired Officer's Association; Buffalo Ramblers RV club, where he served as Oklahoma state manager for two years; AARP, where he served as a volunteer tax counselor for 10 years; and served two terms as a trustee for Highland Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Vance C. Penecacker.
He is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Svea Penepacker; his daughter, Cindy Mollenkopf and her husband, Hal, of Hudson Oaks, Texas; grandson Carson Penepacker, of McKinney, Texas; and granddaughter, Kierstin Mollenkopf, of Hudson Oaks.
Funeral services for Lt. Col. (Ret.) Roy E. Penepacker will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church, Lawton, Okla. with the Rev. Wayne Chaplin officiating. Burial will be with full military honors and Masonic rites at Highland Cemetary under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation, 1302 A Ave, Lawton, OK 73501.