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John H. Yingling

1932 - 2020

John H. Yingling 87, of Tressler Blvd., Lewisburg passed away on June 23, 2020 at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village.  Born on August 16, 1932 in Roaring Spring, Blair County, he was the only son of the late Elvin C. and Iva (Clapper) Yingling.  He was married on August 14, 1954 to the former Ruth Lingenfelter who survives.  They were married for 65 years.


John was a 1950 graduate of Roaring Spring High School and he graduated from the Columbia School of Radio and TV.  He was an Air Force veteran, serving for four years including a year spent at Kimpo Air Force Base in Korea.  John started his 50 plus year career in radio at WVAM in Altoona.  In 1956 John and Ruth moved to Milton and they were involved with WMLP and WVLY radio until 2005.  He was on the Milton Borough Council, serving as president for over a dozen years.  He also was past president and served on the board of the Milton Chamber of Commerce and then the Central PA Chamber.  John was one of the founders of the Milton Harvest Festival and served as a committee chairperson for several years.  He was on the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors, he was active with the Lewisburg 4th of July Committee and the Cavalcade of Champions.  He was the announcer at the Cavalcade dating back to the original cavalcade.


He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son John D. Yingling and wife, Sheri of Collomsville; a daughter, Lee Anne Weatherby and husband, David of Hampton, NH; four grandchildren, Laurel Larivee, Elaine Weatherby, Stephen Yingling, and Sean Yingling; and a great grandson, Theo Larivee.


Friends and relatives will be received from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday June 30 at the Shaw Funeral Home, 400 N. Front St., Milton where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John E. Lee officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in Milton Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, a local library, or the Buffalo Valley Village Benevolence Fund.


Hi Ruth and family...
This truly is a sad day for all of us. My memories of John are many and timeless. He was a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. I will forever remember him and our days working together. I saw him more in the last six months than I have in the past 15 years. I am grateful for that.
With love to you all, Donna & Art Bunce.

Ruth & Family:
Sorry to hear of John's passing. I am glad we did get to see him at the WMLP Gathering at Perkins.
It was great to get together and talk about old times.
I remember teasing him about his Licence Plate "JHYVP". Taking him back to his Valpack Days.
Hope to make the Visitation but if something comes up and I can help in anyuway. let me know.

Harry & Linda Bingaman

Hello LeAnn, I’m Leslie Stahlnecker. Remembering our times at church camp. I’m sorry for your loss. I heard your father’s voice for SO many years. He will be missed. God bless you all.

We are both sorry to hear of your loss. We knew your dad for many years and he was one of the sweetest guys. When he would stop in for a visit he was always happy and I always greeted him with a hug. We gave him a baseball hat with our agency name on it and he wore in out and we made a special order just for him.

John was an amazing man and he will be missed more than words by so many.

John Yingling was a great father, doting grandfather, and superb father in law. He was my good friend as my father in law for over 32 years. We had many interests in common and we loved to talk politics and Civil War. When we visited from NH he would take our daughters shopping, bowling, to Bechtel's, Halfway Dam, the movies, flea markets, to WMLP the see the radio station in operation, to feed the ducks, get pizza from "Pizza Hug" as our younger daughter referred to it, and so many more family activities. He spent generously on them and us saying you are not around enough for me to spoil you. We enjoyed Cavalcade with him several times. Everywhere we went we would meet someone who knew John. How he had time for Boro Council and other non-work activities is amazing since he was so focused on WMLP. Whenever we were in the car he was listening to the station to make sure it was on the air to serve the community. Yet, he had time for his family, and was fully invested in their lives. We will miss John and all those good times, but we will have the wonderful memories.

Dave and Lee (Yingling) Weatherby

I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. My husband Gene was John's barber for many, many years, and we thought a lot of John and his wife. My sincere condolences to Ruth and the family.

John, Mrs Ruth, and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I so wish I could have been there to be with you today. Unfortunately, I am stuck Out-of-State because of COVID. Otherwise, nothing would have kept me away. I probably only got to meet “John H.” (since my family was like yours... son with Dad’s name, different middle names; Young John & I were both JD’s) only a couple times, but I always (and still do) think the world of my friend, John D./JD, starting in our Norry Rescue days. I always admired/ appreciated his intellect, wit, ability to get any task done with excellence under any circumstance, and his awesome sense of humor. We eventually ended up following similar paths as military Officers. Those qualities didn’t just come out of a vacuum. They came from his Dad and your great family. I know John H. was a great man, his love and dedication to family and community were second to none. I don’t know all the family memories, but you all do. I do know the greater Milton community owes him a huge debt of gratitude forever. He built WMLP 1380 and it flourished by him. An electromagnetic beacon uniting the Milton area and constantly providing it with information especially in crises. He led Milton’s government and community bringing many good works to many people. He was the kind of man the young should aspire to emulate. But most of all, he was your loving father, husband, grandfather, provider. I know there has to be a big void now. Stay Yingling strong. He indeed is in a better place, and after a time. You’ll be together again. I’m certain of it. My prayers are with John (JD), Mother Ruth, you all, John’s soul. JD, I’m so sorry time and place moved us out of touch. I would love to reconnect, catch up. Hopefully my email is attached; please feel free to use it. I will be back in PA soon. Your friend, always, and Brother-in-Arms (forged in the life and death of Fire/Rescue), James D. (Jim, Hep, other JD) HeplerW

Sad to hear of John's death. As Milton Borough Solicitor I spent many long hours at Borough Council Meetings involving some difficult issues - particularly during the redeveloping era. John always had the best interests of Milton in his heart and did his best to help the citizens. My last memories are the sale of the radio station in which I represented John and Don. After that I didn't have much contact, but always had fond memories. My sympathy to all of the family. Sorry I could not make the funeral. Bob Benion

Ruth and family,

I am so sorry for your loss and sorry I couldn’t get to the funeral as I was in court that morning.

So glad to see John one last time last December. That will be a memory I will cherish.

Bobby Montgomery, former DJ now Sheriff in the North

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