Earl Walker "Cowboy" Broyles went to be with the Lord Wednesday May 8, 2013, after he passed away peacefully at his home in Alamogordo. Cowboy was born Sept. 8, 1925, in El Paso to his mother, Emma Broyles, and his father, Paul Broyles.
At the age of 13, Cowboy's beloved father passed away suddenly at a very young age. Cowboy always talked about and cherished the great times and memories they shared together. After his father's passing, Cowboy spent most of his childhood with his uncle Jim Broyles at his ranch in Coyanosa, Texas.
At the age of 17, Cowboy joined the Navy to serve his country in December of 1942 immediately following Pearl Harbor. Cowboy served on the USS Yakutat and received the following medals: American Area Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal and Honorable Discharge Button. He was discharged in 1947 and held the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class. After serving our country, Cowboy worked for several trucking companies hauling freight all over the United States and Canada. In the 1950s, he served on the police force for the El Paso Police Department and later went on to serve as a Deputy Sheriff for both Canutillo and Tornillo, Texas.
Cowboy was a lifelong member of the Confederate Air Force where he restored vintage WWII aircraft and donated a personally owned B-25 "Devil Dog" to be displayed and flown in air shows around the country for the enjoyment of countless others.
In 1992, Cowboy retired and moved to Alamogordo, where he spent time with his family and his beloved grandchildren. His favorite hobbies included using his hands and building almost anything, mostly "toys."
Earl Walker Broyles was preceded in death by his mother Emma Broyles, father Paul Broyles and brother, Joe Broyles. Cowboy is survived by his sister Mary Lou Morgan, children Bonnie Gaenzle and husband, Russell Gaenzle; James LeClair and wife, Christine LeClair; Lisa LeClair Hoskins and husband, Kenny Hoskins; grandchildren Justin Gaenzle, Ty Gaenzle, Kenneth LeClair, Casey LeClair, Tanya De Luca, Ronald Hoskins and Sarah Hoskins; and his great-granddaughters Layla and Emily.
Cowboy will be deeply missed by his family and friends. We all look forward to the day when we get to see him again in eternity.
Cowboy's Memorial Service will be held at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery with Honors at 9:30 a.m. May 24, 2013, at the East Committal Shelter located on the left side of the main gate on Mall Drive.
The Broyles family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
Published in Alamogordo Daily News on May 22, 2013