Lt. Col. (RET) Milburn D. Scheier

May 14, 1922 - Sep 20, 2015


Born in May, 1922 in Wichita, Kansas, “Mel” went “wheels up” on his last flight and peacefully passed from this life on September 20, 2015 at the age of 93.

A US Air Force Command Pilot, he was fiercely proud of his service career which began with the Army Aviation program in 1941 at the age of 19. He received his wings in March 1943, was checked out in B-25 bombers at Mather Field and arrived in Italy in October of that year. Assigned to the 57th Bomb Wing, he flew 56 missions with them before the end of the war and between 1948-49 flew 165 missions ferrying coal and other supplies into Berlin as part of the Berlin Airlift. He often said that every day of his life after the war was a gift as he never expected to live to see his 22nd birthday.

In the midst of all this, he married his high school sweetheart, Elva, on December 5, 1942.

Other assignments included: ’48-’54 at Mather AFB, ’54-’57 at March AFB flying KC-97 tankers, ’57-’59 at RAF Mildenhall, UK, ’59-’60 at RAF Greenham Common, UK, and ’60-’65 at Kincheloe AFB, MI before returning to Mather in 1965 prior to retiring in November 1967 from the 320th Bomb Wing. He became a charter member of the “Iron Fist” as a Maintenance Officer with the first B-52 aircraft stationed in Guam during the Viet Nam era.

He and Elva were the parents of, and are deeply missed by, their three sons, Kent (Martha), Douglas, and Gary (Colleen) and grandchildren Allison, Brenna, Kristianne, and Colin.

A viewing will be held at 9:30 am on Tuesday, September 29th with a memorial service to follow at 10:30 am at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. Interment, with full military honors, will be at 11 am on Wednesday, September 30th at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, where he’ll rejoin the love of his life, Elva and they’ll continue their journey together.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any remembrances be in the form of a contribution to any Veteran’s organization of your choice.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Ron, Laura Forbes says:

    We only met Melburn just this summer but were inpressed with his wit and humor. He was as I discovered born and raised in the same little town of Wichita Kansas as my mom who was just a year older. They could have gone to the same one room school and been friends. She loved flying too and her first boyfriend had a open cockpit plane. Small world, well we will never know but we’re so glad to have had the chance to have met Melburn, what a guy.

  • Susan Wilson says:

    What a remarkable man Mel was! So glad that Gary and Colleen shared him with us at many events! He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

  • Elisha says:

    I am sorry to hear the passing of mel. My prayers go out to his family during this difficult time. May the God of tender mercies wrap you in his loving arms . Psalms 83:18

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