He grew up in the San Marcos, Buda-Kyle area, and attended both San Marcos and Buda High School, where he participated in football and symphony orchestra, playing the violin. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, mostly stationed in Alaska as a morse code interceptor, required to memorize hundreds of telephone numbers for reporting. Upon honorable discharge, he vowed never to remember a phone number again (and he did not!). He returned to Texas after his time in the Air Force, equipped with a strong work ethic and pursued a profession in banking. During the recession era, which involved many bank closings, he became an active participant in mergers and acquisitions of banks. He served in a variety of different positions over his 30-year tenure in banking, retiring in 1999 as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America.
In 1971 he married Lois, blending two families of three children. He became active in coaching baseball and football at Oak Hill Optimist Club to his son, Clay. He attended every sport that Karen, JoLynne and Clay were involved in, and kept that tradition with his grandchildren through baseball, football, volleyball, choir and cheerleading. He was their biggest fan and made sure he never missed a game.
For those who knew him, breakfast was a must and he would happily take orders from the family and ensure everyone received their favorite entree. Lois enjoyed 50 years of having her breakfast made each morning. Preparing BBQ for family gatherings was an enjoyment for all. He loved his ranch in Blanco, TX especially hunting and fishing, or just sitting and watching the ripples on the pond. He was an accurate shot and shared his love of the outdoors with family members. A highlight of his was taking an annual fishing trip for speckled trout in Colorado.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lois Neill Ewald, and three children: Karen Ewald Perrone (JoeRay) of Dripping Springs, JoLynne Ewald Kelsey (Jay), of Driftwood, and Clay Gourley (Kelly), of Austin, and five grandchildren: Joseph Vincent Perrone of Austin, Kristen Kelsey Hafner (Mark) of Dripping Springs, Amanda Perrone VanEtta (Cheyenne) of Taylor, Katie Kelsey Sonntag (Karl) of Buda, and Kingsley Gourley Taggart (Ryan) of Dallas, Texas. One of his pride and joys were his seven great-grandchildren, which he showered with love and affection, and always enjoyed teasing the little ones with lollypops for hugs and kisses.
He is survived by his brother, Donald Ewald (Jewell), of Buda, and sister Nancy Ewald Larson (Bill), of Tyler, Texas.
He was a Christian attending Southwest Church of Christ for over 50 years and served as church Treasurer for some time. When his health allowed him, you would find him going up and down the aisles at church shaking hands with the men and greeting the ladies with hugs. He always felt the older generation should not be neglected. He was a gentle man, who saw the best in people, loved to tease and poke fun when there was an opportunity, and always had a smile on his face.
Visitation will be from 6:00PM to 8:00PM Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Harrell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00AM Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Southwest Church of Christ. Burial will follow at 3:00PM at Blanco City Cemetery.