February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #1498October 1, 2018 at 1:37 am #5207
Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the procession and committal service for SFC Ron "Pacman" Decker.
PacMan served twenty two years in the US Army, retiring as a Sergeant First Class. He then worked for and retired from the United Postal Service. PacMan was a member of the CenTex Patriot Guard Riders since the early days of the CenTex region and became the Senior Ride Captain for Central Texas until he went on to be with his wife Kat and his other friends that have passed.
His devotion to the Patriot Guard Riders was awesome to behold; he did thousands of missions and put thousands of miles on his blue Goldwing so he could stand the flag line at missions across our region. He was a loved and well respected member of the Texas Patriot Guard Riders family and was involved in many other organizations and events around the area, including the Goldwing Riders – Chapter T group.
This is the Austin area staging for those wishing to ride up together. Details of this Centex mission can be found here: http://www.centexpgr.org/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=8&thread_id=3090
Date: Friday, 05 October 2018.
Staging Location: Central Texas Harley Davidson, 2801 N Interstate Hwy 35, Round Rock, TX 78664. Park at the south end of the lot.
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/ZnfcPbcJbuT2
11:30 am – 12:10 pm – Staging
12:10 pm – Briefing
KSU: 12:20 pm
Wx: Hi 85 deg, partly cloudy
Notes: Arrive fully fed, fueled, and hydrated. Bring two bottles of water for yourself and one for a friend. This is a 52 mile ride to Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, TX. Upon arrival we will fall under the direction of the Centex ride captains. We will then join a law enforcement escorted procession from the funeral home to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen where we will form a flag line for the committal service.
Ride Captain: Mark Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-470-0380
Flag Wrangler: N/A
Please make plans to honor our friend's long and stalwart service to our nation, community, and the cause of the Patriot Guard Riders.October 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm #5210
We had a dozen riders travel together up to Ron's service. One of them was Bobby Stroka, a past PGR state captain, who rode up from the Houston area.
As expected there was a TON of bikes at the funeral home staging. The last count I heard was 120, but they were still coming in from all points, with significant representation of the clubs and groups in which Ron was active in addition to PGR. Current state captain Steve Conger rode in from East Texas, and Harker Heights PD did a commendable job escorting the very long procession to CTSVC. Almost every vehicle traveling in the opposite direction pulled over out of respect.
It was a warm day; I hope everyone made it home without incident. God speed, Pacman, you are reunited with Kat at last. You will certainly be missed.
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