Arlan P. Breitenstein

June 8, 1923July 1, 2013

Arlan Philip Breitenstein, 90, passed away Monday, July 01, 2013 at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he attended Mohnton High School and enlisted in the Marines during World War II where he served in the South Pacific. He later joined the United States Air Force where he became a fighter pilot flying F-80s, F-86s and F-102s. He is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the Air Force in 1967 and moved his family to Palm Bay, Florida where he was employed by the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 1985. Arlan’s greatest love was his family, focusing his attention on his wife and daughters. He is predeceased by his wife Jeanne, brother Arthur and sisters Gloria and Virginia. He is survived by his brother Marvin, his two daughters, Sherry and Debbie, his grandchildren, Neil and Misty and his great grandchildren Michelle, Neil Jr, Kacie, Colin, Kiersten and Cole. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 5th at 10am at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 2401 Davie Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The family has requested that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in lieu of flowers.


  • Gathering Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, July 5, 2013

Arlan P. Breitenstein

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Ken Nicholson

July 4, 2013

Major Breitenstein was my Air Force mentor.

July 4, 2013

Debbie, we are so sorry for your loss!
Sincerely Expressed!!!! Ray & Anita Himmer (Port St Lucie,Fl)

Patti Hazel

July 4, 2013

I will never forget you Mr. B., you will live on in my heart. You were like a favorite uncle since the day we met at IRCC almost 7 years ago, and when my own father passed, you became like a surrogate dad to me. I really missed our talks when you moved.
I know you're where you wanted to be, back in the arms of your beloved Jeanne, and I wish you eternal peace. I love you!

Arlene Hicks

July 4, 2013

My oldest memory of Uncle "Bud" was when I was a little kid and we went to our Nana's house for Christmas. Uncle Bud made all of us kids speak into a "microphone" before we could get our present from Santa Claus. When I was older he was standing behind me telling me what card to play when we were playing canasta with a bunch of the family for Cousin Guy's wedding. He made me so mad I got up from the table and told him to sit down and play in my place. He sat down and immediately starting playing - not realizing he had made me mad. When I was older he came to our house in LaPlace, Louisiana and told me the correct way to cook eggs - I actually benefited from that tidbit of information; still cook eggs the way he taught me.

Uncle Bud and Aunt Jeanne have been there for us for many years and I will always miss both of them very much.

I do know that we will see each other again, and hopefully, we will get to play games in heaven!!!!

July 4, 2013

Debbie, I am so sorry to learn of your loss of your father. I was a close friend of Sister Ann Carolyn Helmstetter and know that she is welcoming your father into the next phase of life. Be assured that I and all the sisters in my monastery will hold your dear father and all of your family in our prayers during this time of sorrow. Sister Marcia, OSB

Sandy Ford

July 2, 2013

He was my uncle and my friend, I will miss our Sunday "fix the world" phone calls and conversations of memories from the past. As a little girl he was my hero who allowed me to sit in the cockpit of his jet while stationed in AZ. with the admonition "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING." I'm sure there is a mean game of Canasta being played in Heaven to celebrate his coming home. You are now wearing the most precious pair of wings. Love you. Your niece,Sandy