Ronald C. Yingling - In Memoriam

Posted by cservaes on September 19, 2011 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, "The College" Ronald Clair Yingling’s family has a rich history with Ottawa University. More than 32 of Yingling’s relatives have attended OU over the years – the first back in 1893. Yingling, who passed away May 8 at the age of 76, dedicated many years of service to the school, both as a student and an employee. After graduating from Hiawatha High School in 1953, Yingling enrolled in Ottawa University, where he played basketball, track and tennis. During his time on the Braves basketball team, Yingling was All-Conference for three years, set a school record for highest points against Arkansas State with 37 points, and ranked 10th on the all-time Ottawa University scoring list. He was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. He finished his career with 1,023 points. Yingling continued his love for basketball as a coach at Atchison County Community High School after graduating. He later came back to OU as the athletic director from 1978-1980 and served as the director of financial aid for several decades. Yingling was buried at the Highland Cemetery in Ottawa. He is survived by two nephews, Jim Mowder and wife Sue, of Topeka, Kansas; and John Mowder and wife Elaine, of Sabetha. “Ron Yingling was a revered member of the Ottawa University family,” says Ottawa University Librarian Jan Lee. “Although I knew this when he was still living in Ottawa, it became more obvious to me as I helped clean out his office when he moved to Sabetha. There were many, many cards, thank you notes, and pictures of grads and their children in his files and desk drawers. Students appreciated him for his interest in all things athletic and his assistance in their financial issues, and they remembered him after they left OU.”