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Obituary for Maj. Gen. Abraham Dreiseszun

October 1, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

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Dreiseszun, Major General Abraham (Abe), USAF (Ret), 98, passed away October 1, 2019. Abe is the beloved husband of Rose; father of Trudy Shay Petty in Houston, Marilyn Kaufman (Judge Aaron Kaufman) in Dallas, and Cheryl London (deceased); brothers Ernie and Penny Dreiseszun (both deceased), and brothers-in-law Dr. Barry Lubin and Dr. Arthur Lubin. Dear grandfather to Stephanie Young (Keith), Jennifer Shay, Michelle Kaufman, Robert Kaufman, Julie Kutler (Yoni), Lt Col Marc London, USAF (Ret), (Karen), and Brad London (Audra). Adored great-grandfather to Austin and Ryan Young; Jesse Kutler; Jacob, Madeline and Nathan London; and Zachary, Vivian and Micah London (deceased). He is also survived by many wonderful family members and caring friends across the U.S.

Maj Gen Dreiseszun, born in Kansas City, MO October 2, 1920, entered military service in 1940. Through the aviation cadet program, he earned his navigator wings and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942. He graduated the Armed Forces Staff College (1957), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1963) and the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (1965).

During World War II, he was a navigator on B-17 aircraft with the 97th Bombardment Group and the youngest person to complete 50 combat missions in Europe and North Africa. He participated in the first all-American daylight bombing raid over occupied Europe before becoming a navigation instructor. During the Korean War, Maj Gen Dreiseszun served as Procurement Officer and later as Assistant Director of Materiel. Transferred to Germany. In 1953, he became Chief, Policy and Procurement Division, Headquarters Air Materiel Force, Europe, and in 1955 became Deputy for Procurement, Headquarters USAF in Europe where he helped build air bases in support of NATO.

In 1957, Maj Gen Dreiseszun was assigned Chief, Financial and Readjustment Branch, Procurement Policy Division, Directorate of Production and Procurement, Deputy Chief of Staff, Materiel, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. In 1963, he became Director of Procurement and Production at San Bernardino Air Materiel Area, Norton Air Force Base, CA; becoming Deputy Commander in 1965 and Commander in 1966. He went to Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area, Tinker Air Force Base, OK in 1966 as Director of Procurement and Production and became Director of Materiel Management in 1967. In 1968, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Procurement and Production, at Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. In 1972, he assumed command of the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia, the largest field activity in the Defense Supply Agency with the mission of providing food, clothing, and medical materiel to the Armed Forces worldwide. He became Commander of the Air Force Contract Management Division, Air Force Systems Command, at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM in 1974 and served in this position until his retirement in 1975.

Military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Force Exceptional Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

After retirement, Rose and Abe settled in San Antonio before moving in 1987 to Air Force Village II (now Blue Skies of Texas West). Maj Gen Dreiseszun served on numerous corporate and civic boards including Chairman of the Board of the Air Force Village Foundation Board of Trustees and General Chairman of the Texas State Air Force Association Convention (1977). He served on the Board of Sterling Electronics in Houston for 17 years. Lastly he served as Chairman of the Board of USAF Retiree Council for four years and a Member of the Board of San Antonio Children's Hospital for 40 years where he was Chairman and Founder of the Hospital's Endowment Fund.

A sincere thank you to Dad's many friends at Blue Skies of Texas West and caretakers at Liberty House with special thanks to Andrea Corona for taking such good care of Rose and Abe these last few years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the following: Children's Hospital of San Antonio Foundation (childrenshospitalsafoundation.org) or the charity of your choice.

A private (family only) burial service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Friday Oct 4 followed by a 1:30 Memorial Service and 2:30 Reception at Blue Skies of Texas West, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78245.

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