Lt. Col. Jack Moore Railsback
1928 - 2010
Lt. Col. Jack Moore Railsback, JD, 82, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral services were held Friday at First Baptist Church of Iowa Park.
Graveside services were held at DFW National Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.
Mr. Railsback was born July 11, 1928 near Meridian, Bosque County, to George Dewey and Vada Katherine (Moore) Railsback. He entered Baylor University as a centennial freshman at the age of 16 and graduated from Baylor Law School in May 1948, as its youngest graduate. He had to wait one year until he turned 21 to receive his law license during which time he attended Baylor School of Business. Upon receiving his license he moved to Aspermont, to begin private law practice and shortly to become County Attorney. There, he met Billie Jean Allen and they married November 4, 1950 in Aspermont.
He was commissioned in 1951 as a 1st Lt. in USAF Reserve Judge Advocate. March 27, 1952, he was called for active duty in San Antonio and entered Judge Advocate General (JAG) school in Montgomery, AL at Maxwell AFB. He returned to Lackland AFB and remained until released in October 1954. In January 1955, Jack and Billie moved to Midland to be the Land Title Attorney for Shell Oil Company but continued to be in a reserve where he became a Captain.
In 1960, Jack moved to Meridian, to enter private practice, where he was a member of the School Board of Meridian ISD. In January 1963, he became County Judge of Bosque County and also was promoted to a Major in the Air Force Reserve.
In 1967, they moved to Iowa Park, to become a civilian attorney for Sheppard Air Force Base in the JAG Office where he became a Lt. Colonel. He retired from the Air Force in July 1979 with 28 years of service and 23 of those years from the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. He is a member of First Baptist Church, Iowa Park where he is Deacon Emeritus for serving as an ordained deacon for over 57 years. He also taught a young adult couples Sunday School class for many years.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Rita Shewmake of Sioux Falls, S. D.; a son, Robert Kern of Athens; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren.