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November 13, 2012

Retired Brigadier General Milton J. Eberle

82; of Yolo County, Calif.

Funeral services for Retired Brigadier General Milton J. Eberle, 82, of Yolo County, Calif., formerly of New Albany, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Newcomer Funeral Home, New Albany, with burial in Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. He died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in New Albany.

  Graduated from New Albany High School in 1948 and from Sacramento State College in 1960, U. S. Air Force Brigadier General Eberle enlisted in the military in 1951 and served 6 1/2 years on active duty status stationed in Harlingen AFB, Texas; Carswell AFB, Texas; and Mather AFB, California. Having entered the U. S. Air Force Reserves in 1957, he served at McClellan AFB, California as Instructor and Flight Examiner. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1976, he served our country attached to units in Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Berkeley, California, and Chico, California.  He participated in missions in Korea and Vietnam. 

His civilian occupations included business property owner, management investment and insurance counselor, real estate financing and development, and allied financial interests. He formerly owned the Aggie Hotel and Antique Bizarre in Davis, Calif. He volunteered as Commander of the Yolo County Sheriff Aerosquadron and as captain with the West Plainfield Fire Department also of Yolo County, Calif. He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Unit Nations Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

General Eberle was a member of the ARPC Reserve Policy Council, the Reserve Planning Objective Council, the Air Force Association, and the Reserve Officers’ Association. 

 He was born on June 5, 1930 in New Albany, to the late Leo E. and Mary E. Zimmerman Eberle. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Jane Ramsey Eberle; daughter, Valerie Brinigar; sister, Jeanetta M. Watson; and brother, Dr. David A. Eberle.

He s survived by his daughter, Cherie Rita and her husband, Michael; son, Milton Eberle Jr., all of Davis, Calif.; brother, Harold J. Eberle and his wife, Mary, of California; sister, Phyllis Eichenberger Robinson and her son, Jim, of Lanesville; grandchildren, Amanda and Gary Eberle and Thomas J., Victoria M., and Richard M. Brinigar; great- grandson, Gabe Eberle; sister-in-law, Jane Carol Eberle, of Louisville; and many Eichenberger, Eberle, and Watson nieces and nephews.

Visitation  will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home.

 Contributions in his honor may be made to the Vintage Fire Museum, 411 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN  47150.

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