Loyal Tingley

Loyal H. Tingley Jr., 78, of Ft. Myers, Fla., died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, in Ft. Myers.

He was born March 17, 1919, in Vermont.

Surviving are his wife, Ann of Cape Coral, Fla.; one son, Terry Tingley of Ft. Myers; one stepson, Mike Coleman of Havana; one daughter, Patricia Schnatterly of Charlottesville, Va.; two stepdaughters, Juli Lay of Jacksonville and Peggy Gronau of Lake Forest; 11 grandchildren, Karen and John Schnatterly, Rod and Melanie Speketer, Jackie Gronau, Kim Derek and Hilary Tingley, Rebecca and Vanessa Coleman, and Coleman Lay.

He lived in Vermont, Ipava and Havana and established several successful manufacturing businesses: Vermont Manufacturing, Tingley Products, and Tracer Industries. He sold Tracer Industries in 1970 and relocated to Bokeelia, Fla., with his wife. In 1972 he and his son Loyal III (Terry) established Precision Econowind, Inc., a custom coil manufacturing company that operates today in North Ft. Myers. He and Ann also formed Gemstone Homes, a Cape Coral home building corporation, which they ran for several years.

He enjoyed boating with his family in Florida’s Pine Island Sound, and he and Ann were enthusiastic bowlers. Recently, he bowled a perfect 300. In his youth, Loyal was an accomplished fencer. As a student at the University of Chicago he won the U.S. Nationals and was selected for the 1940 U.S. Olympic fencing team.

The Tingleys, Loyal’s grandfather, Ulysses Grant Tingley, and his father and mother, Loyal and Lestine Tingley, were among the founding families and longtime residents of Vermont.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 4/30/1997

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