Powell "Pal" Allen Scheumack, 91, passed away on March 20, 2013. He was born in Victoria, Texas on September 22, 1921, to John T. and Josephine F. Scheumack.
Powell is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Parker Scheumack; children, Susan Scheumack Roberds and husband Bill; Jeff Scheumack and wife Kathy; and Sarah Scheumack Giles; grandchildren, Kyle and Griffin Scheumack, and Courtney and Valerie Giles; along with numerous other loving family members and friends.
Powell was a graduate of Victoria High School, 1939 and Texas A&M University, 1950, where he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of both the Professional Engineers and the Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He retired from Dashiell Corporation at the age of 75, after 25 years of dedicated and loyal service.
Powell proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force, during WWII, as a fighter pilot. He reached the rank of Major and had a very distinguished career and was decorated for his many accomplishments. He received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, EAME (European, African, Middle Eastern) theater ribbon with 3 bronze stars and the American Theater ribbon. He completed 113 combat missions, accumulating 256 combat hours. Pal flew various aircraft, the P-40, P-39, P-37, and P-51 and was a P-51 Squadron Commander. He served twice as group leader on vital missions and 44 times while a Squadron Commander. Having made 4 emergency parachute jumps during the war, Powell earned membership into the Caterpillar Club.
Powell was a high school football referee for 43 years, retiring at the age of 70. He was a past president of the Houston Chapter of the Southwest Football Officials Association, 1974-1975; President of the State Southwest Football Officials Association, 1985-1986; received the Houston Chapter of the Southwest Football Officials Association Distinguished Service Award, 1991; Curly Hays Officials Award, 1992; Honorary Life membership to the Southwest Football Officials Association, 1992; Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association.
Powell was an active member of the Sherwood Oaks neighborhood; an avid vegetable gardener, and an enthusiastic bridge player.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, March 24, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. A Memorial Service will take place at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home on Monday, March 25, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675.