Herman Lewis “Tex” Childers died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at his Simi Valley, Calif., home after a prolonged illness. He was 83.
Tex was born August 8, 1933, in Tamms, Ill., to Stephen and Effie Mae Childers. He was the youngest son of 15 children.
Tex was raised working with his father, a mechanic, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. His mother was of Cherokee descent; she died when Tex was only 12.
At the end of World War II, Tex came to California. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash., during the Korean War. He further advanced his mechanical aptitude and worked as a machinist and master mechanic. He then worked for the Southern California Rapid Transit District as a Mechanic A until his retirement.
Ted and his wife, Linda, lived in Three Rivers from 1988 to 2015. Three Rivers was Tex’s favorite place in all the world.
“Following his Father in Heaven, Tex was a helpful problem-solver and often carried people out of troubles into better lives,” said Linda. “His advice was sound and given with love. Tex was a good father, loving and loyal husband, and best friend and advocate to many. He has gone home, and we will all miss him very much and hold him in our hearts and minds forever.”
Tex is is survived by his wife of 33 years, Linda; son Brian of Washington; daughter Karen Millard and husband James of Pomona, Calif.; son Greg and wife Janice of West Hills, Calif.; son Don and wife Sonia of Simi Valley; three stepchildren, Lawrence Hoppis and wife Kim, Scott Hoppis and wife Alisa, and Elizabeth Hoppis; his oldest brother, William Joseph Childers, and wife Sue of Azle, Texas; eight grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
A funeral service was held Saturday, May 6, at Reardon Mortuary in Simi Valley.