Michael Yeager
1947-2011
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Michael died on March 26, 2011. It was sudden and unexpected. He was 63.

He was born April 8, 1947 in Huntington, W. VA to Chuck and Glennis Yeager.

Mick grew up in an Air Force family and lived in many parts of the world. His childhood was full of adventure. From roaming the hills of West-By-God Virginia, to airplanes, fishing, backpacking in the high Sierras and every kind of mischief making.

Mick married Linda in North Carolina in 1969 and it was there that he began his career in the Air Force. He worked on aircraft in the area of avionics. This career took his rapidly growing family to seven states and to foreign countries. He retired to Oregon in 1989 and began his second career as a farmer on his beloved Five Oaks Farm. Many animals have lived out their lives there in peace under his care. He laughingly said that what we grew here on the farm were geriatric pets.

Mick will be remembered by his vast mechanical aptitude and his meticulous draftsmanship. He was a highly skilled craftsman with a life long love of building wooden model airplanes, fly tying and woodworking. He was an absolute perfectionist and his work was impeccable. Mick could solve any problem, make or fix anything and his ability to keep the old John Deere running is the stuff of legend.

Mick is survived by his wife Linda, sons Jason Yeager and his wife Corinne, grandsons Wyatt and Colby of Eugene, Matthew Yeager of Eugene, and his daughter Jennifer Yeager of Pleasant Hill.

He is also survived by his brother Don of Colorado, sisters Sharon of Nevada and Susie of Kauai and father Chuck of California, his uncle Hal, aunts Sandra and Pansy, numerous cousins, and Matt, a close family friend. Mick leaves behind many animals including cherished dogs Ash and Rex. He was preceded in death by his mother, Glennis.

The family requests donations in Michael's name to any charity that benefits animals. There will be a private memorial service with full military honors at the farm on April 17th at 3:00 p.m.

Mick deeply loved his family and was completely selfless seeking only to find a way to make life easier for the rest of us. He was our family touchstone. Mick was the calm, quiet voice of reason whenever there was a perceived crisis. He was a man of enormous integrity, kindness, generosity and humaneness. Michael we will never forget you. Never stop loving you. We will tell your grandchildren what kind of man you were. You were the most decent of men and you left us much too soon.

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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Apr. 10, 2011.
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December 31, 2020
I never met the gentleman, but I do know he came from good stock. His father Chuck was truly one of the greatest men in modern history. RIP
James Schulze
Acquaintance
December 9, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joseph W Clark
Friend
December 8, 2020
Mike, your Dad is home with you and Mom now. We will miss you all until we stand with time in eternity.
F. Wyatt
Friend
June 1, 2011
So sorry, and shocked, to hear of Mike's passing. I'd been meaning to get out to see him for some time, but the opportunity never seemed to present itself. Lesson learned... make time for those you care about while you can. I'll miss Mike, but I'll cherish good memories of RC flying, flyfishing (him actually catching fish, me thrashing the water) and visiting him and his family back at Hill AFB many years ago. My sincerest condolences to Linda and the family.
Steve Raulerson
May 25, 2011
A man with a smile. He is missed. Our deepest sympathies to Linda and the family.
Jean & Terry Liittschwager
May 10, 2011
To our family in Oregon -- lots of love from me, Pete, Jake and Amber...Pete always smiles when he thinks of hanging out with Mick on the back deck at the bbq while the 4th of July party was going on in full force out front! And we smile at his marvelous chicken coop! And the great fishing trip he gave to Pete and Jake. We all love you dearly and think of you each day...we will buy a dog a new bed at our animal shelter in Mick's name...he'd like that!
Cindy Siegfried
April 25, 2011
I was so sorry to hear this sad news. As the Desert Footprints yearbook editor I needed a sharp design for the cover of the 1966 edition. Sharon suggested Mickey who graciously agreed to help. It turned out great and the entire yearbook staff appreciated his talent. May your happy memories help you through this sad time.
In sympathy,
Marcia Puyper Garrison, DHS,1966
(Sacramento, CA)
April 22, 2011
Miss you dad. Wherever we all go, I'll see you when I get there.
Matt Yeager
April 20, 2011
Linda, What a wonderful man you married. Someone I would have liked to know. I'm thinking about you every day.

Joyce Webley (Tacoma, WA)
April 20, 2011
I'm very sorry to hear of Mick passing away. I have fond memories of him. My heart goes out to you all.
Linda Robison
April 20, 2011
I was saddened to hear of Mike's untimely passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Yeager family.
Joyce Swain-Pittsenbargar DHS 1967
April 19, 2011
Mike had to be a great person. He had two dog that will miss him. And we can only hope to be the person our aminals think we are. I remember him from running around with bill myers and there model a car. He was a good guy
Leroy Moore
April 19, 2011
It was an honor to have known Mike and his brother and sisters, and my brother Ronnie and I were blessed to have had them in our lives at Edwards. I remember his sweet smile, athletic abilities and kind heart. There will be a great void, but, never forgotten and always in our hearts.
Johnna Merrill
April 19, 2011
Mike was a childhood friend at Edwards. We played hide and seek in the officers quarters. Big bon-fires at High School, crack the whip in the streets until we fell to our knees laughing. He was a fun and lovable person then. I often think of him, as I will continue to think of him. Your family will be blessed with their time with you, Mike. You made a difference in the lives of everyone. My heart hates the thought that you are not still here. I'll look forward to seeing you in the resurrection. Tina Bergeson Placerville, CA
Tina Bergeson
April 18, 2011
I was so sorry to hear the news.. My prayers are with you all. You have a lot of good memories to help you through this..
Jack Pulliam
April 18, 2011
Micky and John (Silva) were our biggest crushes at Edwards. He has alway been part of my memories of a wonderful life as an Air Force Brat. My Father flew with Micky's Dad and Susan and I were born days apart at Muroc. Diana (Thorpe) Solomon
Diana Solomon
April 18, 2011
MIke you will be greatley missed, by all. My god bless you and your family. and protecte them.

Tom Oldfiel D.H.S. class 1963
April 18, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cliff Ash
April 18, 2011
I didn't know Mike, but went to school with Sharon & Susan. My sympathy to the family.
Patty Mulligan-Selenak
April 18, 2011
I have always wondered what happened to Mickey, my across the street neighbor all through Desert High and a good friend and high school crush. I am happy to hear that he had such a wonderful life and that he loved animals as much as I do. My love and condolences to his family. He was one of my favorite people. Lucy Trotter, Class of 65
Lucy Trotter
April 18, 2011
Our paths in life crossed long ago at Desert High. You are remembered well. My deepest sympathies to the Yeager family and to all who had the good fortune know you.
James Regan
April 18, 2011
Offering prayers of support and conveying courage as the family moves forward.
Rev. Diana Kern McCollom (Petrosky) DHS 1967
April 18, 2011

My Dearest Mickey,
So much to remember about you, not enough room here, but as a writer and the "John-Boy Walton," of the family, I promise to pass your stories on to your children and grandchildren. There are many, and I want to include them all. Most of all, I just wanted to tell everyone that you were the best brother anyone could have had. There was not a day in my life that was not fun when you were around. Some of my fondest memories go all the way back to Victorville Ca.,
and living on Chula Vista. One of the great joys then was waiting for the Popsicle truck, getting a Popsicle, sitting on the curb and eating it. None of us ever ate Popsicles alone because Tramp was always there. He could hear the Popsicle truck long before we could. While sitting on the curb, we would open our Popsicles, take a lick, and then give Tramp a lick. It was then I realized that dogs really could smile. You also tried hard to teach me how to ride a Po-Go Stick. My goal was to jump off the brick wall, next to the driveway, while still on the Po-Go stick just like you, but as you know, I never made it.

When we lived in Yucaipa, you spent hours building slot-cars with us and taking us to go race them. I still have my car. We built and flew gas air planes, and spent many a weekend driving go-carts. There was not a vacant parking lot in town that was safe. There were fishing and hunting trips, but the best one of all was near California City, when we found and explored the old silver mines. I think that was probably the reason I studied archeology in college. We emerged from the mines with old news papers and tobacco tins from the 1800s. I still have those too, and share them with my students now.

I remember your college days. How I wished I was old enough to go too. After watching you and Don, I knew that college was for me, and I couldn't wait to go. To this day, I never pass your university without remembering your stories of going there. I also will never forget passing your room at home, always hearing music from the likes of Grace Slick, Ravi Shankar, and Bob Dylan, still some of my favorites today. There was nobody cooler than you.

As time went on, you got the job in Big Bear. Soon I saw that you were preoccupied with something or someone new. You wrote music and poetry, and sometimes you would bounce the poetry off me to make sure it "didn't sound weird", like I knew something about poetry. What I did know was that you had found the person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with. I will never ever forget the first time you brought Linda home. I was in the den, and you walked in with a real-life Barbie Doll. She was beautiful, and you were so happy. Even after I became Miss Palmdale a few years later, the memory of Linda's beauty kept me humble. We were sad to see you leave home but happy and excited for you as well. You and Linda began to build your own family, and one by one, the news of each new child brought so much joy and happiness to us all.

People are placed in this world and in our lives for a reason. Thank you for all that you helped me realize and accomplish as I was growing up. Because of that I went on to have an extraordinary life. I had my own family, went to college, earned to fly real planes, explored and mapped more than one cave, climb a pyramid or two, hiked in the rain-forest, excavated ancient artifacts, and yes, mastered the art of biscuits and Red-eye. You always told me that I could do anything I wanted to do. You were right.

See you later, for sure.
Love,
Shelly

Shelly Moses,
Corpus Christi, Texas
April 18, 2011
"The traffic pays a price for its trip across the bridge - in time, effort, fear, expectation, hope and despair, and anxiety. But it is nothing compared to what is gained - experience." -- Desert Footprints Vol. 11

Thanks for all the good times back at DHS and Edwards AFB. Enjoy your trip accros the last bridge, the big one, to eternity.
Tom Babits
April 18, 2011
In deepest sympathy to the Yeager Family.

Judy Hanvey Class of 64
Judy Hamman
April 17, 2011
Mick was in my brother's class at DHS, and I was a year behind. I remember that he was the first guy to let his hair grow below his collar. Yeah, Mick! Prayers and blessings on his family. I share your loss. Marty Babits Wolff (Westcliffe, CO)
April 17, 2011
Thoughts and prayers for the family from two Desert graduates, we remember the whole family well. Best wishes to everyone, and know that Michael will always live on in your hearts forever.

Nancy Pfeffer Miller, class of '67
Mike Miller, Class of '67
Mike & Nancy Miller
April 17, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family, I attended DHS in 1963-1964.
Catherine Frantz-Knittle
April 17, 2011
I have very fond memories of Mike. He was a real nice guy. We worked on old cars together. A model A to be specific on the base. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they have lost a great person.
Timothy Pulliam
April 17, 2011
Mike I always looked up to you at DHS in 1965-66 and missed you when you were gone. Eternal rest and peace.
John Foster
April 17, 2011
Our deepest condolences to the Yeager family unit for losing such a wonderful and loving family member. We remember Mike well from our DHS days fondly with his beautiful smile and fantastic personality. All whom he connected with at DHS shared upmost repsect for him. Loss is most difficult and truly so when unexpected. May all of Mike's family share our thoughts and prayers for peace and solace through these difficult times.

With deepset sympathy,

Ken (Class of '66) and Boni (King) (Class of '69) Schreiber
Ken & Boni Schreiber
April 17, 2011
I remember Mike as a fellow runner on the Desert High School track team.
Gray Pattillo
April 17, 2011
Be safe Mike...you will be missed!
Chuck Paul
April 17, 2011
Mike was in my sister Dietraa or Jeanie's class, ahead of me. I knew him by passing him in the hallways of Desert High. He was always kind and funny as I recall. He passed much too soon. The universe was a great place when he was physically in it. It is a great place now that he is a spirit. My deepest sympathy for all he left behind.
Ray Feeney
April 17, 2011
Dear Mike,
I remember you well from Desert High, my condolences to your family. You led a good life and were loved by many, may you rest in peace. GOD Bless
Darrell Strom Class of 64
April 16, 2011
A few moments ago I was regaling about how good life is and then I a got a Message from Terry Gunn that completely froze me to the bone. While as adults; Mick and I seldom crossed paths, which was so unfortunate. But I believe the wonderful moments and hours we spent together with his whole family growing up in the Desert supercharged our systems for the coming life ahead. That sly smile and wry humor was always a good thing to enjoy. May God use him in great fashion and manner. Sara and I will miss this most wonderful person; perhaps not here, but never forgotten as a friend and fellow Veteran and Scorpion forever!
So Mote It Be
Bill “bhig bhil” Wynne; Class of ‘63
Bill Wynne
April 16, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Mickey's passing. Didn't know him well but was fortunate enough to spend time with Sharon & through her, the family. Can't think of DHS or Edwards AFB without thinking of the Yeagers. My deepest sympathies to you all, there really are no words. . .

Barbara Woodside & family
Barbara Woodside
April 16, 2011
The last time I saw Mickey was at graduation, June 4, 1964. He sat in the audience like the rest of our familes and watched Don and I and the rest of the class of 64 received our diplomas. My future wife, Nancy Gugliotte (class of 65) was in that audience as well. You could not have been raised at Edwards AFB in the 60's and not know the Yeagers. Fine kids, and not a one of them standing in the shadow of a famous father, kids that were going to make their own way in life, kids just like the rest of us. All of our fathers were members of the Greatest Generation, all hero's, some famous, some not.

Over the years we sort of bumped up against the Yeagers, Nancy and I ran in to Sharon and her mom at hospital in Germany in 69 or 70, in the mid 80's I was ordering a sleeping bag from a guy in Grand Junction and he told me that Don Yeager had just walked out of his shop.

Nancy's folks still live in Lancaster so we are back there frequently. Nancy's sister Mary Jane was the Chief of Protocol at Edwards for years before she retired so she kept us up to date on Mickey's career in the Air Force.

After all these years as I read the many comments about Mickey I can't help but believe that he had a great life and a great family. And almost 50 years later and we are all still thinking about the Yeagers of Edwards AFB.....hell of a testimonial....

Mike Page, class of 64
Nancy Gugliotte Page, class of 65
Kingman, Arizona
Mike Page
April 16, 2011
my condolences to the family...bob revai...class of 61
Robert Revai
April 16, 2011
Heart felt sympathy to the entire Yeager Family - Who are a big part of our happy memories of our time at EAFB from 1960-66. Rest in peace Michael - a good and faithful servant. Kathy (Beach)Arciero (1967)
Kathy Arciero
April 16, 2011
Memories. Model Airplanes, hanging out at Mick and Don's in the garage and general Edwards mischief. RIP Old Buddy. Terry
Terry Gunn
April 16, 2011
Mike and all the Yeagers are synonymous with our memories of Edwards AFB and Desert High School. Às former neighbors and friends our prayers are with all of Mike's family.
Ànn and Holly (0dneal)
April 16, 2011
Once more to honor a fallen brother
Mick (never new him as Mike) and I spent many hours in the garage of his fathers house building model airplanes... to fly them in combat... he was one of only a few that could make 'em strong enough to withstand the 100+mph crashes... In 1965 we went to Sweden together and worked for SAS airlines... sailed the archipelago alone together in a small sail boat. He invented a gimballed drink holder for SAS airlines. His drafting was that good... and I am sure they still use it. I only wish that I could have know of the services sooner as I would be honored to attend a the services in recognition of a fellow veteran... and a brother. My deepest sympathies to Sharon, Susie, Gen. C. Yeager and most of all his brother Don...
Rick Branch (class of 64) Retired Senior Chief USN (Seabees)
Richard Branch
April 16, 2011
I graduated from DHS in 1966, I didn't know Mike very well but had a few classes with his sister Sharon. My father (CWO Robert "Scotty" Mathieson) worked with his Mom on several committees and said what a wonderful person she was also.
Truly a wonderful family and my condolences go out to the entire family.
Marge (Mathieson) Montague
Sperryville, VA
April 16, 2011
It is with great sadness of hearing about Mick's passing. So many fond memories from Edwards and the fun we all had together at
Desert High School. My heart goes out to all his family, and judging by what I have read about his life, he made an impact on all those around him. He will be remember. Bob Ferguson Allen, TX
Bob Ferguson
April 16, 2011
I am sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My family and I send our deepest sympathy to his family. I grew up with the Yeager family all through school. The Thorpe family (Gerald class of 65.
Gerald Thorpe
April 16, 2011
To the all the Yeager family: As a younger classmate @ Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base I remember Mike & John Silva as bigger than life. Funny, talented and very good looking. My Regards to Don, Sharon & Susie & Col. Yeager he was a very special man gone too soon. Marguerite (Peggy) Revai Cruz. Lancaster, CA
Peggy Revai-Cruz
April 16, 2011
My brothers and sisters will be very sad to hear this. We have fun and happy memories of the Yeager family as our dads worked together when I was in elementary school at Edwards, and again when I was in my senior year at DHS (class of 64 with Don). Such wonderful memories of that year --and Mike is surely in my heart and prayers. And my love and prayers for comfort and peace go out to the family. Caryn Curtis Berryman, (Miami, Florida)
Caryn Curtis Berryman
April 16, 2011
Mike was a classmate at DHS, Edwards AFB. A good soul, the kind you want as a life-long friend.
Iris Sasaki (Buss)
April 16, 2011
I went to school with Mick at Desert High at Edwards. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to the Yeager family. Life....so fragile Loss....so sudden Heart....so broken, In the wake of such a loss we are haunted by things we don't understand, Yet the solace we seek may not come from answers. So, we look for comfort in the belief of love's everlasting connection. May that love lift you and hold you close and give you peace.
Michele Sack Noel
April 16, 2011
I am so sorry to hear this. Mike was a classmate from elementary school through high school at Edwards Air Force Base. I wish him peace, and and extend my sympathy for his family. Ginger Fulton Terry (Denver, CO).
April 16, 2011
May The Force Be With You Michael.
Chuck Ludwig
April 16, 2011
To all the Yeager Family...our prayers go out to all of you. Mickey was a pleasure to know in our younger years. May he rest in peace. The Spurgin Family and The Lewis Family
April 16, 2011
Mike was a former classmate at Desert High at Edwards. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. He was definitely one of the good guys.
Sandi Safranek Idleman
April 16, 2011
I'm So Sorry to hear about Micks untimely passing! It's great reading about his wonderful life, family, and talents. I knew Mick in high school music at Desert, and enjoyed his friendship - as well as being around Sharon. I'm sorry I lost touch with him, but I can see Mick was in touch in so many wonderful ways - his life was a Beautiful Song that so many loved to sing with him. Thank You Mick for all you brought to life...
Randy Wimer
April 16, 2011
My sweet 16th
It is a sad day indeed when one of our comrade from way back in High School passes away!..It makes our time here on Earth finite and absolute - I am proud to have been in Desert High with Mike, Don and his sister Sharon and Susie - I met his father Chuck Yeager and made a small video of his exploits - but that aside he stands apart as an ordinary man who did extraordinary things and we all will cherish those memories of Mike - See you on the other side Mike!.. We all love you!.

Jean-Claude M Pose
SSG(Ret) US ARMY
Class of 66 - Desert High
Jean-Claude Pose
April 15, 2011
What a kind and sincere man Mike was. Many prayers from the Beymer family.
Holli Breshears
April 14, 2011
From all of us at Dr. Larson's, we will miss seeing Mike's smiling face. John, Jean, Angie, Dani, Nita, Sue, Shelley, Jodi, Lauri, and Hayley.
April 12, 2011
Our thoughts are with you.
Marvin & Ada
Marvin & Ada Miller
April 10, 2011
Linda, you are all in my thoughts many times a day. May family gather round, and may wonderful and silly memories of Mick help you now, and sustain you all in the years to come. Mick lives within you all now, so be sure to share his personality with others so he won't just be a photograph in a genealogy to the Yeager generations to come.
With much love and respect,
Martha Osgood
April 10, 2011
"Jen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family everyday. With deepest sympathy." Melissa Hanson and family
Melissa Hanson
April 10, 2011
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. My hope is that good memories and the love of friends and family will help you through this difficult time. I am holding you in my thoughts.
Leora White
April 10, 2011
With love and heartfelt sympathy,
Edgar Peara
Edgar Peara
April 10, 2011
Bob and I were shocked when a neighbor brought down the Register Guard article this afternoon. We are so sorry for all of you - Mike was such a wonderful man. Our memories include discussing various building and repair projects, making blackberry jam,(his was sweeter and without seeds), hanging out with him at the grill while he cooked meat for various parties at the farm, a wonderful afternoon of fishing on the river, (he moved cars and boats to make the afternoon possible for the three of us to fish), his instructions and family recipe on smoking salmon,(which I was just a few days ago thinking about doing again), and lots of very relaxed and wonderful conversations about everything. Linda, we are so sorry. We just can't even imagine how much you will miss this gentle man who stretched amazing canvas for your paintings and was so proud of all you achieved. I think you inspired creativity in each other. You were inspired to paint, and he to turn wood. Tomorrow we will make a donation to the Lane County Animal Shelter.
Bob & Anne
Bob & Anne Smith & Teigen
April 10, 2011
Linda and family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lillian Budge
April 10, 2011
Mick I am keeping a candle lit so you can find your way home.
Linda
April 10, 2011
Never once did you make me feel badly about myself - you always gave me unconditional love and support. Thank you for being the BEST father a daughter could have ever had. I'm grateful to have been able to call you my dad. I miss you everyday.
Jennifer Yeager
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