Terry John Yingling
Terry John Yingling
April 1, 1947 - December 6, 1947
Terry John Yingling was born on April 1, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa to Janice Klett Yingling and Donald N. Yingling. He was preceded in death by his mother,
maternal and paternal grandparents and several aunts.
He left this world on December 6, 2016. He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Sue Ellen Swank Yingling, Colonel (retired), USAF, NC; father, Donald N. Yingling and step-mother Betty Yingling; sisters, Sharon Martin, Debra Gunderson and brother Neil (Christy), plus numerous nieces/ nephews and great nieces/nephews. A sister-in- law, Marsha Karl, and her daughter, Anna Cornish (Ryan) and their two children also survive. He also leaves behind his friend of 26 years, Jim Johnson, and many other friends. He will definitely be missed by all of those who knew him.
Inspired by his father’s service to the United States Air Force, upon graduating from Arizona State University in 1971, Terry received a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF. His first assignment was at Kelley AFB, San Antonio, Texas, where he met his future wife, Sue, at Lackland AFB; they were married in 1974.
Terry separated from the AF in 1984. He then followed Sue, an Air Force nurse, supporting her career for 30 years. Capitalizing on his master’s degree in computer science from Midwestern State University, he was a computer specialist at Norton AFB Clinic, San Bernardino, California. He assisted staff members in learning computer techniques and itemizing/accounting for all equipment as they were turned in during the 1995 base realignment/closure (BRAC). At each base of assignment with Sue, he helped where needed, leaving his legacy of numerous projects in support of the base.
Terry was passionate about many things in life, especially helping others. He figured out how to repair things and shared his creative expertise in electronics. He built model airplanes and flew radio controlled planes. A skilled wood worker, he built Sue a roll-top desk and coffee table which displayed memorabilia of their combined military careers. Terry especially enjoyed working on cars, designing computer programs and flying his own private plane. Since 2009 he created laser designs and engraved wood items for a joint business venture with Sue.
A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held in the spring of 2017. Due to Terry’s inability to swallow as his illness progressed, his strongest desire was to eat a piece of blueberry pie when he became well. When you enjoy a slice of blueberry pie with ice cream do so in Terry’s memory.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd, Wichita Falls, TX, 76310, http://www.hospiceofwf.org/donate/, or a charity of your choice.