Arthur Joseph Weisberger, 87
SIERRA VISTA — A true American Hero left this Earth on April 4, 2019 after battling leukemia.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 13, 1931 to John J. Weisberger and Edith Frost.
He started flying airplanes and testing out parachutes after moving to Tucson for his health with his mother. She caught him because someone called the house because he was late for work and Mom didn’t know he was doing such a thing! This would set the tone for a very adventurous life.
Arthur joined the Marines on his 17th birthday in 1948. He went first to Camp Pendleton, California and on to serve at his first combat mission in China. He served 15 years and was wounded five times, receiving five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars and accorded the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor for actions taken September 3, 1951. Once a Marine, ALWAYS A MARINE.
He spent 75 years as a Civil Air Patrol volunteer. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Arthur was also on the Sierra Vista Airport Commissioners for many years. Among his many volunteer activities he was also a Lifetime Tombstone Vigilante Member, performing historical reenactments both in and outside of Tombstone for 20 years. He also spent 26 years as a New York City Policeman. He was a member since 1987 of the Short Wing Piper Club due to being the owner of a TriPacer airplane which he flew all over the country to various reunions.
He is survived by two sons, Matthew Wiesberger (wife Terri and granddaughter Jennifer) and Charles Weisberger (wife Beth and granddaughter Christine) and Arthur’s life partner, Judy Rudd.
At his request, he was cremated and his ashes will be scattered over the mountains he loved. There will be a potluck celebration of life at Golden Acres Club House at 3623 S. Finch Circle, Sierra Vista on June 8 between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.