|From Mike Moore, a friend of Jerry Elsbernd.
He passed away on Aug 22, 2002 in Alaska after suffering heart failure.
He was proud of his experience with the Caribou.
From http://www.hansenspear.com, here is the complete obituary.
Gerald F. Elsbernd, 68, of 2618 Kings Pointe S. E. and formerly of 4246 Bunker Drive, Quincy, died Thursday, August 22, 2002 in Alaska.
He was born August 7, 1934 in Calmar, Iowa, the son of Alois and Loretta Kuennen Elsbernd. On June 4, 1959, he married Joanne Strachan in Denver, Colorado. She preceded him in death on November 24, 2000.
Mr. Elsbernd was in the first graduating class of the United States Air Force Academy in 1959. He received his M.B.A. from Auburn University in Montgomery, AL and his PhD from Ohio State University. He spent 25 years in the US Air Force where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (10LC), and the Air Medal (30LC). He served 5 years on the faculty of the USAF Academy. After retiring from the Air Force, he spent 22 years as a mechanical engineer. He had been employed as a consultant for Atron Systems in Simi Valley, CA and for Harris Corp. in Quincy. Mr. Elsbernd was a member of St. John's Church of All Saints Parish where he was a member of the choir. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Quincy, Spring Lake Country Club and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include 3 sons, Curtis A. Elsbernd, Belmont, CA; Douglas J. Elsbernd and his wife Maureen, Ogden, IL; Brian D. Elsbernd and his wife Cheryl Levine, Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Christine Collins and her husband Tim, Germantown, TN; 3 brothers, Lawrence and Raymond, Calmar, Iowa; Denis, Olathe, KS; 6 sisters, Agnes Hackman, Fort Atkinson, IA; Anna Mae Kuhn, Calmar, IA; Clare Faas, West Salem, WI; Kathleen Schissel, Olathe, KS; Sister Helen and Sister Rose Mary, LaCrosse, WI.: 3 grandchildren, Nathan Elsbernd, Ogden, IL, Sullivan Collins, Germantown, TN, and Joey Elsbernd, Washington D.C., and a close friend Kay Boese, Quincy. He also was preceded in death by his parents and his 2 brothers, Paul Elsbernd and Father Elmer Elsbernd.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 9:30 am in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home and at 10:00am in St. John's Catholic Church, All Saints Parish, Rev. Robert Jallas officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 4-7pm at the funeral home with a Wake Service at 4:00pm. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois. Memorials may be given to the All Saints School, Habitat for Humanity or the American Cancer Society. Full Military Rites will be conducted at the cemetery.