John D. Yockey Jr., 62, engineer, Air Force veteran

November 10, 2003

John D. Yockey Jr., an engineer and Air Force veteran, died Tuesday at Carroll Hospital Center of a heart attack. The Finksburg resident was 62.

Mr. Yockey was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. After he graduated from high school in 1958, Mr. Yockey joined the Air Force. While he was stationed in Biloxi, Miss., he began a romance with Ute Barbara Grosch, the daughter of a neighbor in Ohio. They were married in 1961.

He was discharged from the Air Force after four years, leaving as an airman 1st class specializing in radar technology. He started working for Westinghouse Corp. in Maine in 1962 as a field engineer in radar. Later assignments took Mr. Yockey and his family - his wife, two daughters and son - to Germany, the Philippines, Iowa and Minnesota. Mrs. Yockey estimates that their children attended 11 schools until their eldest daughter was in middle school.

"We learned a lot and met a lot of people. We enjoyed it, but when the children got a little older we decided it was time to stop moving and settle down," his wife said. The family settled in Reisterstown in 1972 and moved to Finksburg in 1988.

Mr. Yockey worked at Westinghouse, which was bought by Northrop Grumman, until his retirement last year. Wherever they lived, Mrs. Yockey said, her husband would always try to take courses to further his education and training. In 1986, he earned his master's degree in engineering from Loyola College.

He was active in a number of Masonic organizations including Ionic Lodge No. 145, where he was a past master.

Mr. Yockey loved sports - especially football. He was also active in the Toastmasters organization, the Jaycees and Junior Achievement.

Services were held Friday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Anita Pearce of Reisterstown and Debra Curtis of Westminster; a son, John D. Yockey III of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a brother, Donald Yockey of Mansfield; two sisters, Jeanne Bishop of Mansfield and Mary Fisher of Indianapolis; and six grandchildren.

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