Ernst A.W. "Ernie" Krubsack, 76, of Sherman, died Dec. 7 at New Milford Hospital following a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Barbara A. Krubsack.

Mr. Krubsack was born Feb. 23, 1936, in Milwaukee, the son of Ernst W. Krubsack, of Bernau, Germany, and Hermine Luser, of Zwittau, Austria.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1956 and joined the U.S. Air Force.

He was a pilot based at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, KI Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan, and Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii until he was released from active duty with the rank of major.

Mr. Krubsack then began his career as an airline pilot, working for Trans World Airlines, while continuing to serve in the Westchester Air National Guard.

He moved to Connecticut in 1969, living first in Brookfield and New Milford before settling in Sherman.

In 1998, Mr. Krubsack retired from TWA and the Air National Guard, with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and began pursuing many of his other passions and interests.

With his wife, Barbara, as his "co-pilot," he continued to travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada, driving their RV, and exploring many national and state parks while visiting family and friends.

He was an avid member of the Nutmeg Woodturner's Association, serving as co-president from 1999 to 2005, and actively participated in Sherman's Veterans Association, serving as commander from 2006 to 2009.

He enjoyed ice boating as a member of the Connecticut Ice Yacht Club and participated on the Sherman Zoning Board of Appeals. He was elected town constable for Sherman.

Mr. Krubsack was also an active member of the Holiday Point Association, in which he volunteered for many community improvement projects with his neighbors and friends.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Mr. Krubsack is survived by two daughters, Stacy Krubsack, of Cedar Brook, N.J., and Hilary Krubsack, of Silver Spring, Md.; three brothers, Gary Krubsack, of La Pointe, Wis., Kim Krubsack, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Roy Krubsack, of Vernal, Utah; a sister, Judy Armstrong, of Hot Springs, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by at memorial service from noon to 1 p.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford. Family and friends are invitd to bring a story to share.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Milford Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford CT 06776; or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072 Pittsfield MA 01202.