He was born October 6, 1931 in Bellevue to Walter & Elsie (Stein) Yingling. He attended Lyme School and graduated from Bellevue High in 1949. He attended BGSU and then served in the Army during the Korean War. Don was a life-long farmer.
Don was very involved in serving his community. Over the years he had served as a Lyme Township Trustee, 4-H advisor, Historic Lyme Village volunteer, Willows volunteer, and enjoyed spending time reading to Kindergarteners in Bellevue. Another hobby Don enjoyed was gardening, especially herbs with his wife, Wilma. They also loved tending roses and spending time at Lakeside.
Because of his service to our country, Don was a life member of the VFW and American Legion. He was a service officer at the VFW. He enjoyed coffee every morning at the VFW with his friends. He was a life member of the Gideon’s and participated in jail ministry.
On March 21, 1954 he married Wilma (Butz) and she preceded him in death on February 19, 2014.
Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca Yingling of Bellevue; daughter-in-law, Von Yingling of Bellevue; sister, Faith Bellard of Florida; sisters-in-law, Mary Yingling and Dorothy Yingling, both of Bellevue.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Don was preceded in death by his son, Randolph “Randy” Yingling; and brothers, James and Robert Yingling.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at Auxter Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1105 Castalia St, Bellevue. His funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 209 Southwest St, Bellevue. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Bellevue. Military graveside services will be provided by the Bellevue VFW, American Legion, and Marine Corps League. A luncheon will follow at the Bellevue VFW.
Memorials may be given to St. John’s Christian Preschool, Bellevue VFW Scholarship Fund, or Fish & Loaves.
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