Neil is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Sue (nee Stanislawski); son, Neil Jr. (Jeannie); four grandchildren, Christina (Jamie) Zilko of Amherst, Sarah (Ryan) McNulty of Amherst, Neil (Jennifer) Yingling III of Sandusky and Rebeccah Yingling of Amherst; great grandchildren, Zoe Yingling, LillyAnne, Natalya and Stephen-Edward Zilko, Sean McNulty and Nicholas Yingling ;he is also survived by his brothers, Keith (Marilyn) of Plano, Texas and Gary (Linda) Yingling of Avon Lake.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius “Pete” Yingling; and mother, Phyllis (nee Ashbolt) Yingling; and a brother, Jack Yingling.
Neil was a graduate of Lorain High School Class of 1953-B and was twice Master Councilor of the Lorain City Steel Chapter, Order of DeMolay; was the first President of the Lorain Youth Center. Neil had an illustrious career in the U.S. Air Force and twice was named Airman of the Year by the Strategic Air Command receiving a Presidential award for his efforts locating Soviet missiles in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962. He has cameo appearances in several Air Force and CIA declassified documentary films on the Discover, History and Military cable channels. He received several decorations during his Air Force service and follow-on work with the government. Neil was specialized in reconnaissance and surveillance systems management.
Neil was a member of the Old Crows electronic warfare association and was a member of Roadrunners International signifying his pioneering activity with Lockheed and the CIA in both the U-2, YF-12-A and SR-71 aircraft high-altitude reconnaissance programs in California and Nevada’s Area 51. For that effort, in 2008 he was awarded the C.I.A “Roadrunner” Silver Medal for his contribution in the Cuban U-2 and follow-on SR-71 program activities. He also was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He was a member of the original U.S. Naval Reserve unit 4-104 of Lorain and was a bugler in its drum and bugle corps.
In the late 1980’s Neil was active in the Lorain County Republican party. Neil ran in 1988 and 1990 for Lorain County Commissioner and in 1992 in the Republican Congressional Primary. Neil was a life member of AMVETS (Lorain Post No. 47), and a member of the American Legion (Post 118), and a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Lorain.
A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11 A.M. at St. Peters Catholic Church, 3655 Oberlin Road, Lorain, where the family will receive friends from 10:30 A.M. until the time of Mass. The Rev. Robert Glepko will be the Celebrant. Private burial will follow.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to St. Peters Catholic Church, 3655 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain, OH 44053.