Walter Gene Yarling, 97, of Brazil, passed away at his home on Dec. 26, 2017, following a brief illness. Gene was born on Dec. 3, 1920, in Cowin, the son of Walter H. Yarling.
Gene grew up in Tipton County, Ind., where his father worked as a thoroughbred race horse trainer. As a young man Gene worked for his father racing horses. Some of Gene's accomplishments were racing horses owned by Bing Crosby and Eddie Anderson who played "Rochester" on the Jack Benny Show. In 1942 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served two years in the 79th infantry in the European Theatre. When he returned home he started training and showing Quarter Horses. He retired from showing in the early 70's. In the late 70's, he and his wife Brenda began raising and showing Siberian Huskies. They showed Huskies all over the East Coast and Midwest. They retired from showing in 2013. When not showing he enjoyed going to area dirt tracks and watching car races.
At his request there will be no services. In his memory, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326 or America's Vet Dogs, 371 E. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787. To light a candle in his memory, visit:
Published on December 28, 2017