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Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and Brevard educator Erwin "Erv" A. Schubert passed away on January 7, 2013. He was 83 years old. Erv was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but spent most of his youth in the greater Milwaukee area, and graduated from South Division High School in June of 1947.
He started a military career as a cadet at the US Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut. After eight months, he decided that life on or near the sea was not for him and he transferred to the United States Air Force Aviation Cadet Program.
Colonel Schubert received his commission and pilot's wings February 10, 1951. A week later he married the love of his life, Dolores "Dee" Ann Napientek in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She predeceased him in February of 1985.
He spent over 20 years in the Air Force, flew 15 different aircraft and amassed over 6,000 hours of flying time. Six of the twenty years were spent at overseas assignments. This included a one-year tour in Southeast Asia where he flew 103 combat missions in three different aircraft. Twenty-three missions were in North Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during his tour in Southeast Asia for "Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participation in aerial flight."
Before retiring from Patrick AFB on July 1, 1970, he flew Boeing EC-135N Stratolifter aircraft. This plane was used in the support of the Apollo Moon Missions and other unmanned space flight operations, such as the Polaris, Poseidon and the Minuteman missile programs.
In addition to his Distinguished Flying Cross, Colonel Schubert also accrued five Air Medals and three Air Force Commendation Medals.
Mr. Schubert received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his Specialist in Education degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
He taught almost 18 years at Johnson Junior High in Melbourne, Florida. Subjects taught were reading, English and social studies. Erv was the English Department chairperson for three years. He coached seventh and eighth grade basketball for one year and the golf team for two years. He was elected Johnson's Teacher of the Year in 1981 and retired June of 1989.
He is survived by his son Allen (TN), Kandi and Amber; daughter, Joyce Slotin (FL), Philip and Jacob; daughter, Jayne Mosher (FL), Kenneth, Kyle and Jake; brother, Gary (WI); sister-in-law, Betty (WI), Mike, Karen and Matt; sister, Judy Grablewski (WI), Annie; sister, Sandra Rauter (WI), Todd, Jeff and Amber; brother, Thorne (AZ), Deborah and Shae; sister, Tyke Hanisch (AZ), Christina and Jessica; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins residing mostly in Wisconsin and Arizona.
He was a loving and caring brother, father and grandfather who devoted his life to providing for his family. Mr. Schubert was a charitable man who willingly gave to those in need. He will be sadly missed, and never forgotten.
Visitation will be held at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 West Janesville Road, Hales Corner, WI on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery where he will be buried with full Military Honors.
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Anyone wishing to share a memory, send the family a message, or place a memorial donation is asked to please visit Erv's guestbook at www.beachfuneralhome.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Jan. 11, 2013