AMerican Veteran 11

Pamela Gale Upchurch-Thompson

December 15, 1954 ~ January 8, 2021 (age 66)


Pamela Gale Upchurch-Thompson, 66, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2021 in Silsbee, Texas, which was also her beloved Elvis’s birthday. Pam was born in Marlow, OK on December 15, 1954. Pam grew up in both Oklahoma and Texas. Pam had a true calling to be a Texan and established her life in Texas. Pam had an everlasting love for the Houston Astros, Texas Longhorns, woodworking, and her magnificent koi pond. Pam was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where she was a technician on ejector seats during the Vietnam War era. Pam always welcomed anyone with open arms and warm laughter. But anyone who truly knew Pam also knew that she was one heck of a spitfire!  After her military service, Pam became active in several POW/MIA groups as her father was a POW in WWII along with active memberships in Multiple Sclerosis groups. Although she battled MS for many years, she was always a resource for POW/MIA families and people suffering with her debilitating disease.

Pam was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Pauline Woods, and father, William Dent Upchurch.

Pam leaves behind her loving husband, Karl Heiko Jacks of Silsbee, Son Brad Heilman & wife Kerry of Austin, daughter Misty Heilman of Huntington Beach, California, daughter Shawna Kishpaugh & husband Steve of Hutto, daughter Heather Heilman of Chickasha, Oklahoma, step-daughter Denise Williams of Amarillo, Texas, and step-son Daniel Neie of Louisiana. Pam has many grandkids that she always called them her babies: Grandsons Holden Heilman, Bryant Jantz and Conner Kishpaugh. Granddaughters Courtney Rubeck, Kerstin Siptak, Kelsey Kubiak, and Ella Kishpaugh. Several nieces and nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Per Pam’s wishes a private memorial service will be held at a later date in the Galveston Bay. In lieu of flowers, Pam would appreciate any donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: or the National League of POW/MIA Families:

“The world changes from year to year, our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you, shall never pass away.”

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Silsbee, TX 77656

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