Longtime insurance salesman rounds out Claysburg Hall of Fame Class

Editor’s Note: The Claysburg Area Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 inductees for its Hall of Fame. The Gazette has highlighted each of the entrants. Below is the fifth and final installment.

Longtime area businessman John “Jack” Yingling will be one of several inductees honored at the Claysburg Hall of Fame Saturday, April 6.

Yingling, son of Lewis and Gladys (Zeigler) Yingling, graduated from Greenfield-Kimmel High School in 1957. He started in the the insurance industry in 1966 as an agent for John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

Yingling became a Nationwide Insurance agent in 1974, and in 1975, took over the business of Leon Black. Yingling operated the business out of his home on North Pine Street in Claysburg until 1981, at which time he moved his office to Bedford Street in Claysburg.

He sold all kinds of tickets, souvenirs, and other items to support countless local charities and organizations from his business. Yingling opened a satellite office in Martinsburg in 1986 and he continued to add staff as the business grew.

Jack married Joyce Brown of Duncansville and they have two children. Erin and her husband, Gregory Griffith, have two children, Steven and Alexander, and reside in Imler. Andy and his wife, Glennette Davis, reside in Claysburg. Andy has two children, Andrew and Alyssa Yingling and two stepchildren, Ben and Markette Davis. Jack and Joyce have two great-grandchildren, Ayla Yingling and Killian Davis.

Jack has remained an active community member throughout the years. He is a member of the Claysburg United Methodist Church.

He has been an active member of the Claysburg Rotary Club for over 40 years and co-chairs the Rotary booth at Community Days, helps with road cleanup, volunteers at the food bank, rings the bell for the Salvation Army, helps with the annual Hee Haw show, and does so much more.

Jack has been a member of the Claysburg Library Board of Directors for many years and currently serves as board president. He is a member of Claysburg Economic Development, Inc., a nonprofit corporation established in 1955 to help promote business and industrial growth in the Claysburg Community.

He is a member of the Masonic Lodge in Roaring Spring and a member of the Jaffa Shrine Patrol and Directors Staff.

“He’s kind of behind-the-scenes guy, helping however he can,” Tessa Knisely, chairwoman of the Hall of Fame Committee, said. “You ask him to do something, he’ll do it.”

For all of the ways he gives back to the community, Knisely said, “He doesn’t do it for the recognition.”

Yingling made the decision to retire in 2018 after over 60 years in the industry and sold his insurance business to Good and Associates Inc.

Contact Katie Smolen at 623-1151 ext. 110 or ksmolen@bedfordgazette.com.

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