Stephen Robert Shimko, 85, of Gatesville died on Feb. 16, 2020.

Funeral services were Feb. 20 at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville, with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton. Visitation with the family was held Feb. 19 at the funeral home.

Stephen was born on April 27, 1934 in The Bronx, New York, to the late Stephen J. Shimko and Gladys Frawley Shimko. He grew up and attended school in Norwalk, Connecticut and volunteered for the Army in 1953.

He first arrived in Texas at Fort Bliss, El Paso and later was stationed at North Fort Hood.

After completing courses at Texas A&M University in water treatment and analysis, he became the water supervisor and analyst for the city of Hamilton and the city of Lampasas.

He married Melba Jean Taylor on May 25, 1956 in Hamilton.

Steve and Melba spent 10 years traveling the world and making new friends while Melba led the Heritage Club of First Texas Bank in Lampasas. After retirement, road trips led them throughout New England, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas, always on the lookout for a treasured antique or a special piece of rusty junk.

Steve was known affectionately as “that Connecticut Yankee.” He loved taking his grandchildren and great-grandchildren camping, hunting and teaching them how to catch that big fish.

He was preceded in death by son, Stephen Allen Shimko; grandson Callan Shimko Chumley; sister, Beverly Swett; brother, Donald Shimko; parents in-law Allen and Olivia Taylor; brother-in-law, Billy Bob Taylor; and sister-in-law, Erma Taylor.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 63 years, Melba Shimko; daughter, Kimberly Shimko Chumley and husband Gary; grandchildren Keegan Chumley Webb and husband Shane, Zachary L. Shimko Chumley and wife Shannon, and Zane Stephen Chumley and wife Kayla; great-grandchildren Callen Webb, Camden Webb, Hayes Chumley, Ellie Chumley, Harper Chumley and Adlee Chumley; and numerous nieces and nephews.