William Effenberger

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William (Bill) Effenberger, 93, of Lompoc, California, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Lompoc Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center.

Bill was born on May 1, 1925, in Oconto Falls to Antone and Cora (Tilhnan) Effenberger.

He is survived by his sister-in-laws, Georgia Ann Effenberger. of Oconto Falls. and Jeannie Effenberger-Blume of New Ulm, Minnesota; and nine nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Norbert, Robert, James, Kenneth and Ronald Effenberger; and a niece and nephew.

Bill was the oldest of six brothers. He attended Frostville grade school in Suring and then graduated from Suring High School in 1942. He then entered the U.S. Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1943. He received commission as a Naval Aviator and was later released from active duty Dec. 17, 1947. Bill attended the University of Wisconsin from 1948-1952 and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. Shortly after graduating he was employed by the U.S. Navy Defense Department at Point Mugu, California, from 1952-1965. He was then employed at the USAF Systems Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base from 1965-1986. He became the director of instrumentation for the AF Western Test Range and Deputy C0mmander, Resources, for the center. Bill was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Services Medal.

Throughout his years he travelled extensively throughout the Pacific, supporting ballistic missile operations.

Bill retired in January 1986. He was a longtime member of the local EAA Chapter out of Lompoc. He owned his own airplane, loved to fly it and enjoyed taking annual trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin to visit family.

There will be no funeral service, and his ashes will be spread off the coast of Santa Barbara, per Bill’s wishes.