Eugene V. Yarger
BELLVILLE: Eugene V. Yarger, 92, of Bellville, died April 1, 2014 at home with his family.
He is survived by his devoted wife Gloria Bowman Yarger to whom he was married nearly 71 years; his son David Eugene Yarger; his daughter Cyndde (James) DeWeese; grandchildren Renata (Michael) Houston and Abram DeWeese; great grandchildren Micaiah, Noah, Nevaeh, and Nevin Houston. He also is survived by nephew Ed (Gail) Diehl, niece Carol (Thomas) Crotty, and niece Marilyn (Ted) McSweeney.
Eugene was predeceased by his parents, Paul F. and Pearl (Phillips) Yarger, and sisters Avis (Carl) Diehl and Norma (James "Bud") Garber. Two particularly good friends were Merle Jarvis and the late Max Stahl.
He used his God-given gifts daily, never holding back. He started work young with a paper route, mowing yards, and running a three county pop route at 15. After World War II, he delivered Standard Oil products to homes and farms, and then became a rural mail carrier for Route 1, Bellville, which he served for 30 years.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. His high school sweetheart, Gloria Bowman, traveled to Texas and they were married during flight school. He served in Europe as a B-17 pilot, flying 30 bombing missions and bringing his entire crew home without casualties. In 1948 he joined the Ohio Air National Guard as a founding member of the Mansfield unit. He served the next 30 years in the Air National Guard finishing his service as the pilot of KC-135 refueling tankers with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After he retired, he volunteered at the Air Force Museum in Dayton where he served for 16 years as a museum guide. Besides his work, he enthusiastically volunteered his time and energy locally. He served in his church (Bellville Presbyterian) both as a deacon and elder and rarely missed helping with any church function. The church was the center of his family life. He led Bellville Boy Scout Troop 1 (later renamed Troop 126) for many years. He helped start the Bellville Historical Society and he served as a trustee and frequent volunteer. The Society honored him by naming the military room of the museum after him.
Eugene and Gloria loved to travel, and they visited nearly all 50 states and several countries in Europe. When their children were at home they camped with home packed food to save money. Later they were able to stay in hotels.
Eugene loved meeting, talking with, and helping people, whether he knew them before or not. He was particularly known for his kindness and ability to talk with anyone, anywhere, that always led to some connection of a mutual acquaintance. He truly glorified God in the fruits of his labors.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11 am in the First Presbyterian Church of Bellville, 118 Markey Street, Bellville. The Rev. Karin Wright will officiate and military honors will be performed by Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion on the grounds of the church. Interment will be in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to MedCentral Hospice and the Bellville Historical Society.
The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Yarger family.
Snyder Funeral Home
81 Mill Rd Bellville, OH 44813
Published in the News Journal on Apr. 10, 2014