Yale (Buzz) Trustin passed away on Nov. 16 at age 95. A committal service honoring Buzz was held on Dec. 16 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, and a memorial service took place on Dec. 16 at the High Flight Chapel, Blue Skies over Texas, San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Litzie Trustin, parents, Harry and Bess Trustin, sister Barbara Taxman and brother-in-law, Marvin Taxman.
He is survived by daughter Bonnie; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Greg Stone, and son and daughter-in-law, Mark Trustin and Dr Marcia Angle; grandchildren: Lauren and Jocelyn Corbett, Evin and Glen Wick; sister-in-law, Helen Bachus and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Yale F. (Buzz) Trustin was born in Omaha to Harry and Bess Trustin. He was the grandson of Belarusian immigrants and son of one of Omaha’s most well-known and celebrated couples. His sister, Barbara Trustin Taxman, also made her mark in Omaha’s classical music concert series, tournament bridge and social circles during her long life.
Buzz graduated from Omaha Central High School and United States Military Academy (Class of ’45). His first assignment in the Army Air Corps was as a pilot of the C-47 Aircraft and as Base Engineer at Rein — Main Air Force Base, Frankfurt Germany. While participating in the Berlin Airlift, Buzz met and fell in love with the stunningly beautiful and talented Alice (Litzie) Singer, of Vienna Austria, who was working as a linguist and translator for the US Army in Frankfurt. Litzie had escaped the Nazi invasion, thanks to her intrepid mother and the British participation in the Kindertransport in 1938. The two were married in Omaha in 1948.
From 1948 —1950, Buzz was a student at the USAF Institute of Technology for an advance degree at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He served there for another two years as Director of Civil Engineering. Their first two children, Bonnie and Mark, were born during their time there. From 1952 — 1953, Buzz served in the Korean Conflict as Flight Leader and Instructor flying C-119 cargo aircraft between Ashiya, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. After Korea, Buzz and Litzie added another child, Lisa, to the family in Omaha.
Buzz left active duty and began a long career in manufacturing and real estate development. He retired in 2005, at age 81, and the couple joined Air Force Village retirement community in San Antonio, TX (now known as Blue Skies Over Texas). Here, Buzz was very active on many committees, most notably on the Concert Committee that brought professional musicians to perform regularly at Blue Skies and he was the one of the primary piano accompanists for numerous parties, events and sing-alongs. He was active in his local congregation, Temple Beth-El, and was an ardent supporter of Rotary and the proposed High Flight Center, a non-denominational Chapel at Blue Skies.
Buzz is remembered for his extraordinary kindness and the generosity of his positive spirit. He knew everyone’s story, whether from prior Omaha relationships or the many new friends he made at Blue Skies. He honored each person’s unique connection or contribution and always offered to help anyone in need.
Memorials may be made in his honor to High Flight Center Chapel (high flightcenter.org), the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter. org) or the USC Shoah Foundation (http://sfi.usc.edu/).