Colonel John W. Yocum (retired), also known as “Bill” or “Pappy”, (91) joined his Savior on July 7, 2019. John was born March 23, 1928 in Goshen County on a farm near Torrington, Wyoming.
John was a 31-year career officer in the US Air Force. After retirement from the Air Force in 1982, he remained active in the local community as a volunteer driver for Silver Key Senior Services, singing in the Colorado Springs Barbershop Singing Group and employed at Kast Marble as a customer service representative. Bill enjoyed square dancing with his wife Dee, and gardening in his back yard.
John W. Yocum graduated from Huntley High School, Huntley, WY in 1945 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY in 1950. Following graduation he entered the US Air Force Aviation Cadet Program and received his pilot wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant in December 1951. During his Air Force career Pappy flew various types of aircraft and was involved in different missile programs and early satellite programs. In addition to his state side duty assignments, he served in Japan, Italy, Germany, and Greenland.
John is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Delores “Dee” Yocum; his four children and spouses, Brad and Margaret, Bruce and Sharon, Rollan and Dawn, and Susan and David Stanley, along with many grand children and great-grand children; and sisters Helen McDonald, Carol Stewart and Margaret Ann Saathoff.
The Memorial Service is to be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2505 N. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Lyman Christian Church, Lyman, Nebraska; The Salvation Army; or the Boy Scouts of America.