Herbert H. Hassenfratz, 95, died May 6, 2013, at his home in Stuart. He was born in St. Louis, and was a resident of Stuart for 40 years, coming from Ann Arbor, Mich. He served in the Navy. He received his wings at Pensacola Naval Air Station in June 1940. He flew from five different aircraft carriers during World War II, receiving 13 different medals and awards. He retired from the Navy in December 1960, while he was the director of the Missile Ordnance Division, Bureau of Naval Weapons. He then went to Bendix Aerospace Systems division to be a research engineer. He received his bachelor's degree in 1940 at New York University. He received his master's of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947. He was a longtime member of Ye Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen. He was a life member of the Tailhook Association and a charter life member of the Military Officers Association. He also belonged to Visually Impaired People. Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1200 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, Fl 34997. Survivors include his daughter, Lea H. Stanton of Stuart; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Hassenfratz, and his son, Herbert H. Hassenfratz Jr. Services: A private memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are by All County Funeral Home & Crematory, Treasure Coast Chapel.
Published in the TC Palm on May 14, 2013