Funeral services for Brigadier General Retired Milton J. Eberle, 82, of Yolo County, Calif., formerly of New Albany, was held Thursday, Nov. 15, at Newcomer Funeral Home, New Albany, with burial in Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. He died Nov. 12, 2012, in New Albany.
He graduated from New Albany High School in 1948 and from Sacramento State College in 1960. Brigadier Gen. 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; Berkley, California; and Chico, California. He participated in missions in Korea and Vietnam.
He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one 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.
Gen. Eberle was a member of the ARPC Reserve Policy Council, the Reserve Planning Objective Council, the Air Force Association and the Reserve Officers’ Association.
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 Holtel 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 born on June 5, 1930, in New Albany to the late Leo E. and Mary E. (Zimmerman) Eberle.
Survivors include his daughter, Cherie Rita and her hus band Michael; a son, Milton Eberle Jr., all of Davis, Calif.; a brother, Harold J. Eberle and his wife Mary, of California; a sister, Phyllis (Eichenberger) Robinson and her husband Jim, of Lanesville; grandchildren, Amanda and Gary Eberle and Thomas J., Victoria M. and Richard M. Briniger; great-grandson, Gabe Eberle; sister-in-law, Jane Carol Eberle, of Louisville; and many Eichenberger, Eberle and Watson nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Jane (Ramsey) Eberle; daughter, Valerie Brinigar; sister, Jeanetta M. Watson; and brother, David A. Eberle.
Contributions in his honor may be made to the Vintage Fire Museum, 411 E. Spring St., New Albany. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.newcomerindiana.com.