Merced Sun Star
Friday, Jan. 2, 1998, page A-4
Donald Eastling, 77
Retired Air Force officer
Donald Maurice Eastling, a decorated military veteran, died Tuesday in
Atwater. He was 77.
Mr. Eastling was born on May 18, 1920, in Miles City, Mont. He lived with his
grandparents as a youngster and graduated from high school in Minomonie, Wis.
He was attending college in Minomonie when the National Guard was activated
in 1940. On Aug. 27, 1942, he received his commission and wings as an Army Air
Corps officer at Lake Field, Ariz. He also married his wife, Helen Bonita
"Bonnie" Wendlandt, on that same day.
Mr. Eastling spent 30 years in active duty with the U. S. Air Force. During
his career, Mr. Eastling served as a pilot and aircraft commander in World War
11, the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War and served as a site commander in
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two clusters, the Air
medal with three clusters, Meritorious Service medal and other military action
and unit awards.
Mr. Eastling retired from the Air Force on Oct. 1, 1972. He was a member of
the Air Force Association, Retired Officers Association and the 95th Bomb
He is survived by his wife, Helen Eastling of Merced; a daughter, Sandy Lavin
of Merced; two grandchildren; and tow great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is 1 p.m. Monday at Stratford Evans Merced Chapel. The
Rev. Steven Heath of Mercy Hospital will officiated. Burial will be private in
Merced District Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to the Easter Seals Association, P. O. Box 12464,
Fresno, 93778, the Cerebral Palsy Association of Merced County, c/o Stratford
Evans Chapel, 1490 B St., Merced, 95340, or an organization of the
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