Mr. Patrick Otto “Pat” Yaklin died peacefully on 07 May 2018 in Cypress, TX at the age of 86.
Pat is survived by Peggy, his wife of 57 years, children Karen, Scott, Juels, daughter-in-law Zendha, grandchildren Katryna and Patrick Jose, brothers Harold (Joyce) & Frederick Jr. (Liz), brother-in-law Graham Tyner (Rosemary), sisters-in-law Jan Yaklin and Sue Yaklin, cousins, nephews, nieces, godsons and goddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Alice (Forsthoff) Yaklin of Riviera, TX and siblings Sylvester, Leona, Lucille, Robert, Helen, Rosemary, James and Stanley.
Pat was born 20 September 1931 in Riviera, TX and graduated from Riviera HS in 1948. He attended Texas A&I in Kingsville until 1950 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After cadet training, 1st LT Pat Yaklin was assigned as a Radar Intercept Officer and flew combat missions with the 319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Suwon, Korea. After the Korean war, Pat and the 319th FIS went to Fukuoka, Japan and then to Grissom AFB, Indiana.
Pat returned to Texas A&I, graduated in 1959 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and moved to Houston where he married Peggy Tyner. Pat and Peggy settled in Sharpstown in 1960 and raised their children. Pat worked for Cameron Iron Works for 23 years and retired as Chief Plant Engineer at both Katy and Cypress facilities. To stay busy, Pat worked at other companies until he could retire and golf full-time in 1993.
Pat imparted his love of the outdoors to his family – starting from a cabin tent to a 5th Wheel – he took his family camping from Mexico to Canada. Pat was a talented carpenter, welder, surveyor, electrician, mason and shade tree mechanic – passing these skills to his neighbors and son. A true Do-It-Yourselfer, he taught that same independence to his children. After designing and helping build his dream home in Jersey Village, Pat golfed at numerous Houston courses and perfected his barbecuing – another talent he gave to his kids.
Pat was a Knight of Columbus (3rd) in Our Lady of Consolation (Vattmann), St. Gertrude’s (Kingsville) and St. Francis de Sales (Houston) councils and officer of the American Legion post #324. He was a charter member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Prayer Group as well as a charter member of the new St. Maximilien Kolbe Parish (masses then being held at Post elementary school) and Prayer Group.
A visitation will be held on Monday, 14 May 2018 at Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home (9926 Jones Rd., Houston, TX 77065) at 5pm with a Rosary at 7pm. The funeral mass will be held Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at St. Maximilien Kolbe Catholic Church (10135 West Rd., Houston, TX 77064) at 10am. Father John Kha Tran will officiate. A reception will follow in the parish hall. The Rite of Christian burial will follow the reception at Carmen Nelson Bostick Cemetery (12317 Holderrieth Rd., Tomball, TX 77375).
Pallbearers are Patrick Jose Yaklin, Greg Yaklin, Dan Yaklin, David Brown, LTC Stuart Tyner, Eric Tyner, Liam O’Suilleabhain and Mike Kotila.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warriors Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org
The family would like to especially thank the wonderful caregivers at Grace Care Cypress for their loving and dedicated care of Pat during his time there.