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Pershing Ison Youngkin

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Pershing Ison Youngkin Pershing Ison Youngkin loving husband and great Dad died on September 3, 2013 at the age of 93. He was a full fledged member of the "Greatest Generation". Pershing was born on January 18, 1920 at the family home on Edgar Street in Yoakum, Texas to Josiah and Minnie Mae Youngkin. He graduated third in his class from Yoakum high School where he never missed a single day of school from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. After high school he attended Baldwin Business College in Yoakum. After business school Pershing got his first job with the Southern Pacific Rail Road first as a station laborer, then clerk and finally a dispatcher. The day after Pearl Harbor Pershing enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and trained as a navigator at Kelly air field in San Antonio, Texas. Pershing was the lead navigator for the 29th Bombardment Group in the Pacific. Pershing and the brave crew of the B-29 Super Fortress "The City of Los Angeles" went on to fly 26 bombing missions from Guam to Japan. One of those missions on April 12, 1945 is chronicled in an August 1948 story in Coronet Magazine called "We are the Living". This same flight is also enshrined in the National Air & Space museum in Washington D.C. One of the crew, radio operator Red Erwin was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism that day which saved not only his life but that of his entire crew. Pershing was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, The Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Presidential Unit Citation, 4 Letters of Commendation & an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 bronze stars. After World War II Pershing enrolled at the University of Texas where he received a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1949. He graduated second in his class. Pershing got into Petroleum Engineering because he knew that there would always be a need for energy and he wanted to be at the forefront. His first and only job after college was with Standard Oil Company of Texas, now known as Chevron. He ended his career with Chevron as Chief Engineer for the Scurry County Field in Snyder, Texas. While at the University of Texas he met and married a fashion artist from Houston named Elizabeth Jane Morrissey. Theirs was a very loving and successful relationship for over 65 years. Pershing and Betty raised 5 children in Texas and Colorado. Along the way Pershing coached little league baseball, girl's softball & attended 5am outdoor hockey practices in Denver, Colorado. The last time he and Betty sledded down a snow covered hill was when he was 86 years old. Betty and Pershing retired to Austin, Texas in 1990. They were members of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, where they were active participants of the St. Vincent du Paul Society. They played bridge with the best of best of them! Although quiet by nature, he had a quick wit and a great dry sense of humor. He was a good man, husband and father. Pershing was dearly loved and will be forever missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty, son Jeff & wife JoAnne of Austin, daughter Paula and husband Tom of Corpus Christi, son Richard & wife Ginny of Littleton, Colorado, son Clay & wife Liz of Sydney, Australia, daughter Sara & husband Paul of San Antonio, his 9 wonderful grandchildren and beautiful great granddaughter. Funeral mass 10 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, Juvenile Diabetes Association, MD Anderson or donor's choice. Arrangements by Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home, 361-293-5656. On-line guest book may be signed at

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Sept. 6, 2013
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