The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Obituaries

October 2, 2013

Arlyn Toppert

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He married Betty J. Immel on Oct. 23, 1955 in Prophetstown. She died October 26, 2010.

He served 21-years as a pilot in the United States Air Force.

Arlyn joined the U.S. Air Force and attended pilot training at Spence Air Force Base in Moultre, Georgia from September 1954 to May 1955, followed by jet pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas from May to September 1955 where he graduated first in his class. After pilot training, Arlyn moved to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington in October 1955. He and his family were stationed at numerous Air Force Bases including Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia which included 90 days in Morocco, Africa; Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota; Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas; Pease AFB, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Castle AFB, Merced, California; and Dyess AFB, Abilene, Texas. Arlyn flew B-36s, B-47s and B-52 bombers. He served in the Vietnam War flying hundreds of missions over Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. He and his crew were recognized by the USAF for flying the historic 1,000th B-52 combat sortie of the Vietnam war. Throughout much of his career Arlyn spent one week a month on nuclear ground alert, requiring he and his crew to be ready to launch a nuclear weapon loaded B-52 on a Cold War mission within minutes of notification.

He later served as the 337th Bombardment Squadron Commander at Dyess AFB, where retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1975 after 21 years in the USAF. In 1975, Arlyn along with his wife Betty and his children moved back home to Prophetstown and began his second career farming the “Weber-Toppert” farm until 2012.

He was a member of American Legion, Post 1191, Hooppole.

Arlyn enjoyed softball, bowling, golfing, fishing and hunting. In his later years he was an avid reader, frequenting the Henry C. Adams Memorial Library weekly.

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