John Shingler was devoted to his family, his faith and his country, said Carol Shingler, his wife of almost 46 years.
“He loved spending time with our children, and was always active with them, he loved to help them with their homework, even into college,” she said.
John Shingler, 74, died March 1. He spent five years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and then spent 22 years doing reserve duty, retiring in 1988. He worked as an industrial engineer at Youngstown Sheet and Tube in Indiana, Norwood Mills in Wisconsin, Walker Manufacturing in Wisconsin and Virginia and as plant manager at Victaulic Co. in North Carolina.
For the last 17 years, he battled health problems related to exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, but through all his illnesses and brushes with death, he never complained, his wife said.
He was active teaching religion classes in his church, coaching his sons’ sports teams, and was active with them in the Scouts, his wife said.
He loved his granddaughters, and loved spending time with them.
He loved to golf, and he loved to go out to eat, she said.
“He loved to spend time with his sons, and they really always had a good time together,” she said. “He was always very supportive of all of us.”
Carol Shingler said her husband was a kind, hard-working and honest man who would do anything he could to help anyone in need.
He enjoyed history, and enjoyed being a part of the military, she said.
“He loved the service,” she said. “He believed it was his duty to serve, and to support the country.”