Herbert F. Hoelzer

Nov 16, 1929 - Oct 18, 2012


Herbert F. Hoelzer was born in Sandusky on Nov. 16, 1929. He died Oct. 18, 2012, at the age of 82 in Phoenix.

Herb was the only child of the late Herbert G. Hoelzer and Dorothy Winkel. He grew up in Sandusky and started working at Petersen Lumber Company at the age of 16. and at the age of 22 became a journeyman carpenter and worked in the construction trades.

In 1951 Herb was called to serve his country during the Korean War. He enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa. After his discharge from active duty in 1955, he returned to Sandusky and then joined the Air National Guard in Toledo in 1965, and became a first sergeant in 1968. In 1973 he returned to active duty status stationed primarily at the Air National Guard Support Center on Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. In 1980 he joined the ranks of the top 1 percent of the enlisted Air Force when he was promoted to chief master sergeant. Herb retired from active duty in 1989 but continued to work for the Department of Defense until 1995.

Herb believed strongly in community service and civil responsibility. He was elected to the Bay View City Council in 1959 and as mayor in 1961.

He married Sandy (Frank, Effle) in 1993. They lived in Maryland for a few years then retired to Arizona in 1997 where he enjoyed golfing, hiking, watching wildlife and travel. Their RV adventures began in 2001 and through the years they toured the USA every summer, finding places of interest at every stop. In 2011, when it was time to get off the road, they bought their summer home at Venture Inn in Show Low, Ariz., just 200 miles from their winter home at Desert Pueblo in Tucson, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Tucson; daughter, Lezlie, of Sandusky; and sons, Herb of Bay View, and William, of Huron; daughter, April, of Clinton, Md. and Sandy’s children, Paula Emery, of Seattle, Michael Effle, of Antioch,  Calif., and Lori Hampton, of Norwalk, Neb.; his mother-in-law, Vivian Frank, of Creighton, Neb.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Herb’s life will be Friday, Nov. 16, at Desert Pueblo in Tucson.

In Herb’s memory, donations may be made to The Hermitage Cat Shelter, 5278 E. 21st St., Tucson, AZ 85711 or to your local chapter of the American Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.