Born June 13, 1937, in Bradford he was a son of the late Theodore J. and Rhoda M. (Clark) Lingaton, Sr.
On June 11, 1960, in Kane he married Joyce E. (Stiles) Lingaton who survives.
Mr. Lingaton attended Bradford Area Schools. On February 2, 1961 he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged February 1, 1963.
He had worked at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery, Airco Speer, Dresser-Clark in Olean, Custer City Oil Company where he retired. After retirement he worked as a security guard at Zippo.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was awarded his high school diploma on June 7, 2012, the thirteenth veteran to be honored with a diploma through the Operation Recognition Act.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a daughter, Stacy (Jason) Dorhman, of Texas, and a son, Michael (Sherry) Lingaton, of Bradford, two sisters, Mae Cunningham, of Erie and Helen Morrison, of Bradford, and a half brother, John Lingaton, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 5, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, or charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com