Frederick William Herbert

December 24, 1921September 9, 2018

Frederick William Herbert, 96 passed away on September 9, 2018.

He was a Combat Veteran in World War II and awarded four bronze stars for battles in Normandy, North France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland. After the war, he was a Post Commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars. He later became a flight instructor for the United States Air Force. After leaving the USAF, he went on to become an airline captain flying DC-9's for Ozark Air Lines.

Fred is survived by his wife, of 71 years, Vera Herbert and his two children, Frederick William Herbert, Jr. and Sharon Ziegler; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Midland, Texas. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Ellis Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday, September 17, 2018. Online condolences may be made at


  • Michael (Deceased) Herbert, Father
  • Mary (Deceased) Ziegler, Mother
  • Vera Herbert, Wife
  • Frederick William Jr. Herbert, Son
  • Sharon Ziegler, Daughter
  • Mr. Herbert also leaves behind two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Burial Monday, September 17, 2018

Frederick William Herbert

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Ann Noe

October 9, 2018

Flying with Captain Herbert was a memorable time. He was so humble and had a fatherly concern for all. I remember leaving the cockpit keys on the front cabin seat. He saw them and hid them. Soon I was searching all over for the keys. Captain Herbert finally admitted he had hid them and then chided me for my carelessness, but in such a kind and respectful manner.... you see I still remember the event. That month was Christmas season and he thoughtfully went to the trouble of buying gifts for his crew. His lovely wife wore Trigere perfume and so Captain Herbert gave the female crew this delightful gift which I wore for years and years. It was a joy and honor to be part of his flight team. Our prayers and gratitude for his life of service, Terry and Ann Noe

Gina Aaron

September 13, 2018

We will miss Fred, he was a wonderful neighbor and very intelligent man. Always active as he could be even when confined to a wheel chair and neck brace. What a true American hero. Thank you for your service to our country and may God Bless your soul and may He bring you into eternal peace with Him.

Cynthia Boswell

September 11, 2018

I will always cherish the help and comfort my Uncle Fred gave to us when dad died, who was his younger brother. He was fearless in making the trip across country 4 years ago. He cheered us up with stories from their childhood that I had never heard. He invited us to visit him in Texas, which I did. Such a great man! What a great loss to his family.