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.