Retired Brig. Gen. Milton J. Eberle, 82, of Yolo County, formerly of New Albany, Ind., passed away on Nov. 12, 2012, in New Albany. He graduated from New Albany High School in 1948 and from Sacramento State College in 1960, then enlisted in the military in 1951 and served 6½ years on active-duty status stationed at Harlingen AFB and Carswell, AFB, Texas.
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 at Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Berkeley; and Chico. He participated in numerous 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, United 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 Hotel and Antique Bizarre in Davis. He volunteered as the operations officer of the Yolo County Sheriff Aero Squadron and as captain with the West Plainfield Fire Department, also of Yolo County.
He was born on June 5, 1930, in New Albany, Ind., to the late Leo E. and Mary E. (Zimmerman) Eberle. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Jane (Ramsey) Eberle; daughter, Valerie A. Brinigar; sister, Jeanetta M. Watson; and brother, Dr. David A. Eberle.
Gen. Eberle is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cherie and Mike Rita, and his son, Milton Eberle Jr., all of Davis; brother and sister-in-law, Harold J. and Mary Eberle, of Thousand Oaks; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis (Eichenberger) and Jim Robinson, of Lanesville, Ind.; 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, Ky.; and many Eberle, Eichenberger and Watson nieces and nephews.
Placement of Gen. Eberle’s ashes will take place at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend should be at the cemetery office no later than 2:15 p.m. for escort to the site.
Contributions in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society.