|Herbert F. Arnberger|
Herbert F. Arnberger, LT. Col USAF Ret., 76, of Williams, "headed west" on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.
Born and raised in San Francisco, he joined the U.S. Air Force in February 1953 where he began a 21-year career as a fighter pilot. He flew with the 53rd TFS in Germany, was an instructor pilot at the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis AFB, and carried out 101 combat missions in an F4 Phantom with the 8th TFW in Southeast Asia. Herb finished his career with the 58th TFTW at Luke AFB as an instructor pilot flying the F-104 Starfighter, which was by far his favorite plane to fly.
He was an avid baseball fan and true lover of the game. He stuck with his SF Giants through thick and thin since they moved to San Francisco in 1958. In 1998 when the Diamondbacks took the stage at the "BOB," he admitted to following both teams and cried with us all at the 2001 World Series.
Herb loved to take his two dogs (and cat) for hikes through the high country surrounding his home in Williams.
He is survived by his brother Phil; four children: David, Laurie, Pat, and Scott; seven grandchildren: Shawna, Jessica, Rhianna, Nicholas, David Jr., Danielle, and Brandon; and pets: Ulysses, Max, and Morris.
A celebration of life Mass will be held at St. Helens Catholic Church, 5510 W. Cholla St., Glendale, at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Full Honor burial will follow at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to "Williams Needs an Angel/Dog Park" (928) 635-4503 or "WAAG" (928) 635-2595.