Harold E Confer

October 22, 1924March 6, 2017
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Brigadier General Harold Earl Confer, 92, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at his home in San Antonio, Texas, of complications due to illness. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorthy (Reed) Confer; two sons: Kip Confer, and Ken Confer; two grandsons: KC Confer, and Cameron Confer: his brother Paul Confer; several cousins and nephews; and many close friends. Born in Culbertson, Nebraska, on October 22, 1924, to Orman and Jesse (Huetson) Confer, Harold grew up on a farm in Southwest Nebraska, the youngest of 3 brothers and 4 sisters. He attended grade school at a one room rural country school, and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1942. He then attended Colorado A& M College (now Colorado State University) for one year. In October 1943, Harold entered active military service and after basic training became an aviation cadet. He completed pilot training and received his pilot wings and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in February 1945. He met his wife, Dorothy, of McCook, Nebraska, in 1942, after she saw him on stage singing in a High School coral group and a blind date was arranged by her best friend who was dating Harold's best friend. "Hal" and "Dotie" were married on February 4, 1945. After serving as a flying instructor, he was transferred to Kadena Army Air Base, Okinawa, where he was a B-29 pilot with the 2nd Bomb Squadron. In 1948 he went with the squadron to Smokey Hill Air Force Base, Kansas, and then to March AFB, California in 1949. During the Korean War, he completed 26 combat missions and 263 flying hours before returning to March AFB in 1951. He was transferred to Offutt AFB, Neb. in 1954, Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC). In 1958, after one year at Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, he was promoted to the rank of Major and transferred to Carswell AFB, Texas, where he became a B-58 pilot. He was pilot of the first B-58 select crew of the 43rd Bomb Wing. In January, 1961, Major Confer in a B-58 Hustler, set 3 new world speed records for the 1,000 kilometer closed course at Edwards AFB, Calif. For this achievement, he received the Thompson Trophy. After returning to Maxell AFB and completing Air War College, he went to Beale, AFB, Calif. as a Lieutenant Colonel to the SR-71 program assigned as Deputy Director of Evaluation and Testing. In 1970, after increasing levels of command as a Full Colonel, he became Wing Commander of the 9th Wing. In 1972, he was promoted to the rank of General and assumed duties as Commander of the 45th Air Division, SAC, Pease, AFB, New Hampshire, overseeing 5 SAC wings, 2 with FB-111 aircraft. In 1973, General Confer went to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development. In 1975, General Confer went to Randolph AFB, Tx, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Air Training Command where he retired in 1978, serving 33 years in the Air Force. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Emblem with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. He was a command pilot. In 2002, General Confer was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame. After his Air Force career, General Confer earned his Texas Real Estate License. In 1979 he began a 25 year "second" career as a successful Commercial Real Estate Broker/Manger with Fuller Commercial Brokerage, Guy Chipman Company, and Bradfield Properties, Inc. General Confer was an avid Golfer, a long-time member of Randolph Oaks Golf Course, Served on the Board of Air Force Village, and a member of Coker United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, March 15, at Sunset North Funeral Home. Viewing/visitation will be 5pm to 8pm. (4-5pm immediate family). Burial will be Thursday, March 16, at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, 9:45am.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • Procession Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Mike and Hope Buonaugurio

April 30, 2017

Just found out about Hal. Or thoughts and prayers are with Dottie and the whole family. Sending our Love

Michael Hogan

March 20, 2017

Dot, we miss you both as condo owners and partners and are sorry to hear of Hal's passing. His service to his country will be remembered. Blessings to you and your family.
Mike & Mary Hogan

March 16, 2017

Dear Dottie & Family, I was so sorry to hear of Hal's passing. I always enjoyed working with and long side Hal at Guy Chipman Co. He was always a true gentleman and the bench-mark for professionalism who I admired and looked up too. He will truly be missed and may my thoughts and prayers be with you and the family at this time of sorry Clark Sims

Joy Hendrix

March 14, 2017

Dear Dottie & Family. I remember meeting the two of you in Sacramento and in Albuquerque with the 22nd Bomb Wing at their reunions. Mom & Daddy (Doris & Lloyd Hager) were there to greet Hal as he entered Heaven. I am SO sorry to hear of your loss.

Joy & Gary Hendrix

Beth Confer

March 14, 2017

So very honored to know and love him. We will always treasure stories of his flying years, his love of our country, the encouragement and kindness that he showed us and the laughs, hugs and kisses that we shared.

Dr Richard and Lani Liggett

March 14, 2017

March 13, 2017 Hal Confer family and especially to Dottie. Hal will be remembered so fondly and we remember all the good visits we had through the years. He will bd missed and our thoughts are with you, Dottie, and your family Richard and Lani Liggett

Ron and Jo Ann Chapman

March 13, 2017

Dear Dottie, Kip and Ken

So sorry to hear of Hal's death. Jo Ann and I considered Hal and you,Dottie, as one of our better friends. Always enjoyed our dinners out together and his parlor dice tricks as a good evening of fun. Always enjoyed some of his stories of his flying buddies and Hal's various experiences with the Hustler, the 29 and the Blackbird We were always proud to say that he was a friend of ours. Enjoyed having him with me at Deanie Owens Company where he was the President and I was the "enforcer". Dottie, I will not be able to attend the services I have to leave on the 14th to go to Michigan to see my cousin "Brother" who is in Hospice care. I will not return until late in the afternoon of the 16th. May God Bless you and your family and may He look after Hal.

Wes & Martha Westendorff

March 13, 2017

Ms. Dottie and extended family, Martha and I understand that words do little to ease the sorrow you are enduring. Your presence at my grandson's funeral was uplifting. You touched my arm and my heart. What a privilege it was to serve with Gen Confer. He could quiet a room with a stare, and motivate with a smile and a light pat on the back. He wanted his cadre to excel. To reach for heights as high as the SR-71s he piloted. A long blue line of Airmen are grateful for his leadership. I am extremely proud to have had his counsel and mentorship. "Kick the tires and light the fires!" GOD SPEED Hal Confer.

Jim Epting

March 13, 2017

Light the way my friend; we'll be along soon.

Jim Epting

March 13, 2017

Hal and Dottie Confer were two of the finest friends I ever had in my Air Force career. It was my privilege and honor to be his Exec Officer for three years in his final career assignment at Randolph. He had my utmost respect then, and now, as we say a sad goodbye in this life. As his USAF aviation career was stellar in achievement, so was his personal life in leading and caring for his "people". Best always to Dottie, Kenny and the extended family. Jim & Tami