Werner Hueber

Werner HueberWerner was born November 1934, in Munich, Germany. His father was a farm estate manager for wealthy families and they moved to various places in Germany, ending up in Sudetenland at the end of World War II. The family returned to southern Germany and Werner grew up loving the mountains where he skied, mountaineered and rock climbed. He and his friends used bikes and motorcycles to get to the mountains.

Werner graduated from the Technical University, Munich and was recruited by DOD in 1962 to work as an electrical engineer at the Navy’s Corona Laboratories in California.

In 1964, he married Susan Swanson and they began their family in Riverside. In 1970, they moved to China Lake.

Werner’s work transferred to China Lake, earlier, in 1965. He became a key figure in embedded computer technology and earned many awards. Early in his career, Werner was responsible for designing airborne electro-optical sensors and developing pattern recognition techniques. Later he became project director for the A-6 Weapon System Support Activity, important, complicated work that linked all the weapons and systems on the aircraft into a computer-managed suite. He managed a team of more than 225 people of varying disciplines confidently and with foresight, earning the respect of his NAVAIR sponsors. He was remembered as a team-builder who created an atmosphere in which everyone could contribute. After 34 years of distinguished federal service he retired in 1996.

Living in China Lake, Werner continued to enjoy rock climbing, skiing, mountaineering, and tennis as he had in Bavaria, and also began refereeing soccer, running and mountain biking in the hills. His social life was active too, with the German celebrations of Fasching and Oktoberfest. He enjoyed his friends in town and in other places. He took fun trips to Smith Rock in Oregon, the Bear Sanctuary in British Columbia, Hawaii, biking in Moab, skiing trips to Taos, Alta, Whistler, Telluride, and of course Mammoth. Werner visited his sisters Hanni and Heidi in southern Germany, skiied the Alps and enjoyed French and German food and Bavarian beer!

He joined the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group and was active for many years.

Werner died peacefully at home in hospice care on September 28, after a brief illness.

He leaves his wife Susi, daughters Christine Hueber, Heidi Ward (Ray) and son Peter (Laura) and grandchildren Cassie and Kai Hueber.

A Celebration of Life will be held Nov. 7, at Grace Lutheran Church, outside, from noon to 3 p.m. There will be refreshments, but no meal. Please bring a funny story or thoughts of Werner to share.

— Submitted by the family of Werner Hueber

Story First Published: 2020-10-23