Funeral services for retired Maj. Herman Arvin Ellithorp, of Harker Heights, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Killeen with Dr. Randy Wallace officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at 11 a.m. at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Mr. Ellithorp died Nov. 3, 2013, at home following a long struggle with congestive heart failure and diabetes. He was born July 8, 1939, in Matador, the only child of Herman W. and Ruby L. Grace Ellithorp.
Mr. Ellithorp graduated from Matador High School in 1957, where he was an outstanding athlete in football and track and field. He competed at the state level in the shot put event.
He graduated from West Texas State College (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon in January 1963, with a math education degree. While a student at West Texas, he met his future wife, Linda Joy Rose. They were married on Sept. 3, 1961, in Amarillo.
After receiving his officer’s commission from ROTC and spending the required two years on active duty, he decided to make a career of the Army and remained on active duty as a reserve officer for 20 years. Assignments included Fort Bliss in El Paso, Germany, Korea, Vietnam and Fort Lee, Va. His early career was in air defense artillery, later transferring to the quartermaster corps.
Upon retirement from the Army, he became the chief of the Supply and Services Division, Directorate of Logistics at Fort Hood for the next 15 years as a Department of the Army civil servant.
He worked for the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Hood for the last three years prior to retirement.
Mr. Ellithorp was active in the First Baptist Church of Killeen for 30 years as a deacon and also served on various committees. Other activities included the Texas Partners Federal Credit Union board of directors, Killeen-Heights Rotary Club and the Single Action Shooter’s Society. He enjoyed most sports and was an avid golfer.
Mr. Ellithorp was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Joy Rose Ellithorp; daughter, Rochelle Karakey and her husband, Gustavo Karakey, of Medellin, Colombia, S.A.; son, Scott W. Ellithorp and his wife, Mayra Zarceno Ellithorp, of Harker Heights; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Britney Ellithorp and her daughter, Jocelyn, of Saugus, Calif.; Nick Ellithorp of Canyon Country, Calif., Emilio, Caroline and Natalie Karakey of Medellin, Colombia and Brooke and Katie Ellithorp of Harker Heights.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the First Baptist Church Building Program.
Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.crawfordbowersfuneral.com.