Herbert Francis Mustaine

Herbert Francis Mustaine, 91, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away peacefully at home Nov. 7, 2017.

Herb was born Jan 19, 1926, to Frank L. Mustaine and Metta Marie Parker Mustaine on a farm in Logan County. Herb attended Anna High School in Anna, where he was very active in sports, playing on basketball and baseball teams.

The youngest of seven children, Herb was preceded in death by his brothers, Myron, William, Thurman, Robert and John, and sister,: Cornelia.

Herb served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and in 1951 joined the Ohio National Guard, retiring in 1965 at the rank of captain. Herb was active with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years, and received their highest award, the Silver Beaver.

Herb was an active citizen of Bellefontaine and served 19 years as chairman of the Logan County Home Show, 11 years as county Cchairman of the U.S. Savings Stamp Program, 20 years as a member of the Ohio Drill Club, and 15 years as president and past commander of Harold Kerr American Legion Post 173. Herb was also very active in the church everywhere he lived, and was instrumental in forming a new church during the two years he lived in Tucson, Ariz.

Herb was co-owner and manager of the Moore’s Store in Bellefontaine from 1947 until 1959, at which time he became store and branch manager for Foy-Johnston Paints.

In 1970, Herb relocated to Orlando, Fla., where he served as a sales representative for the Norman & Edwards Company, a division of Coca-Cola. In 1977, Herb relocated to Arizona, where he served in various sales positions in both the commercial foods and small business industries before retiring in 2001.

Herb loved building things and working with his hands.He was always puttering on some project in his shop, from woodworking, to leather crafting to electronics. Herb also had a great sense of humor, and had a corny saying to fit every situation. Anyone who knew Herb can remember lots of laughs and good times in his presence.

Herb is survived by his wife, Delores “Dee” McBride Mustaine; three children, Pat of Maplewood, Jim of Canberra, Australia, and Jean Ann of Bellefontaine; four stepchildren, Jim Wilcox of Subic Bay, Philippines, Jack Wilcox of The Villages, Fla., Rick Wilcox of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Kathi Wilcox Kulesz of Canyon Country, Calif. Herb is also survived by 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Cactus Christian Fellowship, 2401 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032, where memorial contributions may be made. Memorials also may be directed to Hospice of the Valley.