SAINT GEORGE, Utah — Andrew Anton Gerber Jr., of Winthrop and Saint George, Utah, who always believed that the best view in life is from the cockpit of an airplane, died on Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Saint George, Utah.
Andrew was the son of Anna Lang and Andrew Anton Gerber Sr. He was 93+ and yet managed to live his life as one who died young in spirit. “Life was summer to his heart” in both his actions and deeds. He was born in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to the United States (New York) shortly after his birth. At the age of 19, he began teaching aerobatic flying at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York. He received his Navy Wings’ at Pensacola, Fla., in 1943. He flew as a marine pilot in the Pacific Theater in World War II. After the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, he was one of the first pilots dispatched to the area. He flew the Berlin Airlift. Andrew was a captain with Pan American Airlines and retired after 35 years of meritorious service. During this time period, he was part of the Pan American tradition of pioneering flights throughout the world.
For the past 60 years, part of every year of Gerbers life was spent in Maine. He loved to walk the woods, boat/fish on the lakes, play tennis, golf and intellectualize with friends. Andrew was a gentle but direct person, often saying exactly what he thought. He was both generous and loyal to those closest to him. He was a dedicated husband, stepfather, grandfather, uncle, brother and a special friend to many. He quietly touched the lives of many through generous charitable contributions and an understanding of others needs. He was an unassuming man who did not find it necessary to impress anyone. His actions spoke much louder than any words he could have spoken.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Joyce Voss, and is survived by his wife, Charlotte (McKay) Gerber; stepdaughter, Cristina Marie Powers and her husband, Rory, of Utah; grandchildren, Blake, Olivia and Brogan Powers, of Utah; his mother-in-law’s husband, Robert of Saint George, Utah; one sister, Adele Fiscella and her children, Paul Fiscella and his wife, Anne Marie, and LuAnne Hanlon and her husband, Kevin; sisters-in-law, Sherry Oliver of Salt Lake City, Utah, Michelle Fuentes of Hawaii, Sally McKay of Arizona and Holly Gessner of Pennsylvania; one grandniece; and four grandnephews of Darien, Connecticut; special friends, Don and Anne Hofferberth of Florida, Fred Carl Hofferberth of Virginia and Sidney and Roslyn Quint, of San Francisco.
He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Betty Hopkin.
He shared an enthusiasm for travel and always kept his bag packed for the next trip. As an epitaph by an unknown author “to fly West my friend is a final check we must all take.” And, so it is, as he transcends his last flight — MAY THE ANGELS GUIDE AND PROTECT HIM.
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