OBITUARY

Arvin "AL" Leonard Pregler

November 16, 1932November 5, 2018

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Merle Pregler, his daughter, Wendy Webb, his son, Dean Pregler, four grandchildren, and his sister, Bunny Friedman.

Services

  • Graveside Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, December 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Arvin "AL" Leonard Pregler

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John Lyon

December 4, 2018

Al thought of others before himself. He was a gentle man and a gentleman, and will long be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.

The William Grago Family

December 3, 2018

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Pregler. He was a treasured friend and aviator of our father, Capt. William Grago. Mr. Pregler was so kind to Dad in his last years, providing his company, friendship and transportation to various events. He also touched my personal heart when he presented me with a QB pin after Dad died. We extend our sincere condolences to your family.

Sincerely,
Melinda Grago McNabb

Wendy Webb

November 30, 2018

Wendy Webb

November 30, 2018

This note is to let everyone know that if they plan on attending the funeral services, they need to be early. The Riverside National Cemetery is the busiest cemetery in the United States. It is military and must run on time. They suggest people arrive by 12:45pm for the 1PM funeral. Check Google Maps for traffic and routes. We all know Southern California traffic is tough. They will not wait for anyone. They will escort us to the Staging Area at just before 1pm. When you park your cars, please hurry to the Committal Shelter where they will do the services. There will be time for reminiscing and greeting each other at the Memorial. We have a very tight schedule.

This attached photo shows AL, as a child on the far right, with his parents, Arthur and Toby Pregler.

Bunny Friedman

November 30, 2018

Gone West
Arvin L. Pregler
QB 16147
16 Novemer 1932 - 05 November 2018
AL Pregler took his final flight at 1726 PST late afternoon on November 5, 2018. Born November 16, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska.
AL served his country during the Korean War, after having a variety of aviation jobs to include Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, as a production flight test engineer on C-124 Globemasters and crewing the B-66 Destroyers then running an aviation service and repair shop on the West side of the Long Beach Airport with business partner and former Long Beach QB, Al Caldwell.
AL flew for a time with Continental Airlines (DC-3) and in 1964 joined United for the next 33 years flying DC-6, DC-8, DC-10, B-727, B-737 and B-747. He owned a variety of aircraft over the years from Piper J- 3,Cessna 172, 180 and 195 to Surplus P-51's. When AL found the time between flying with United, he had time flying with the US Forest Service in TBM's and one of his favorite aircraft, the Consolidated PBY Catalina.
AL also served as a Reserve with Orange County Sheriff's Department, being very active with their Volunteer Aero Squadron. He was one of aviation's biggest promoters to everyone young and old. AL logged over 40,000+ hours in many different aircraft as an Airline Transport Pilot, with multi and single engine ratings, Flight Instructor with Instrument instructor, Helicopter, glider, Lighter than Air, along with powerplant mechanic rating.
AL will be greatly missed not only by the Long Beach Hangar of QB's but by everyone who met him. Godspeed my friend on your journey west.

Loyd Kenworthy

November 28, 2018

Memories of Al Pregler who always called me “Ken.”
I arrived from the Air Force to UAL Denver training Center the end of December 1965. I was with Al Pregler the first day as he was my DC-6 second officer instructor. And what an instructor he was! I used to say, “ Al taught me so much about the DC-6 that I could go to a junkyard and build one!” Al supported me through the school and we became fast friends the rest of my Airline career and after. He could fly anything. He invited me to come along on a memorable flight in a PBY, Catalina flying boat while he checked out two pilots. Al sponsored my membership to become a Quiet Birdman at the Long Beach hanger.
Al Pregler was with me from the time I started my career at United and I was with him when he passed away.
A. Great Pilot has flown West ,
And we will all miss him!
With fond memories,
Loyd “Ken” Kenworthy

Wendy Webb

November 28, 2018

Please join us for a
Celebration of Life Memorial
immediately following AL's funeral. It will be held at the
March Air Force Base Museum.

MARCH AFB MUSEUM
22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at I-215)
Riverside, CA 92518
(951) 902-5949

Bunny Friedman

November 27, 2018

Handsome Army Soldier

Edward Cohn

November 26, 2018

With great sadness I learned of Al's passing from another pilot at Fullerton Airport a few days ago, he was a very special friend of mine with whom I shared common interests. He was a very dedicated family man and loved aviation, as I do also. Al could fly anything from J3 Piper Cubs to Boeing 747's. Truly a pilots' pilot.
We both had bad cases of Shingles a few years ago and would share agony reports.
Al was a senior member of a special group of aviators, mostly commercial pilots, called the QB's, which stands for "Quiet Birds"-- They meet monthly and have a brief service remembering the pilots that have left us and are flying now in God's domain, and then have dinner and generally have a fine presentation on aviation related items. I would accompany Al occasionally to these meetings. Al now has joined the ranks of the QB's who have gone silent, and are flying in the realm of the Almighty.
Please accept my most sincere condolences of the passing of Al, truly a Super-Man.

Wendy Webb

November 23, 2018

The day Arvin married Merle Stang... 10/10/1965.