Eric Ling was born October 22, 1963, in Groton, Conn at the New London Submarine Base Hospital. When he was one his family moved him to Southern California in the San Fernando Valley where he resided until he was six years old. At that time the family moved to Susanville, California. He graduated from Lassen High School in 1981. He was active in the 4-H club, and Explorers Scouts. He went thru the EMT program at Lassen College during the summer. He went on to attend Christian Heritage College in Southern California, and then to Palomar College. He returned to Susanville to work in 1992. He was an employee for the company that built Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake for seriously ill children. He moved to Roseburg, Oregon, in 1996 when his brothers told him there was work available.
In Oregon, he worked many years for PKO, inc., a construction company specializing in concrete work.
His many interests were skydiving, being with his kids and of course flying. Since high school he had
wanted to fly. While at college he took several lessons and even worked at a small airline washing planes in exchange for lessons.
He started taking a ground school class four years ago and then proceeded to flying lessons, getting his pilot's license, then his instrument rating, and he was scheduling his check flight for his commercial license. He taught ground school classes last year and was scheduled to teach it again this year at the local college.
Eric is survived by his wife, Carol Ling; his daughter, Mary Ling (20), and sons, Brandon Ling (19); James
Ling (16), and Erickson Ling (seven) his step-son, Kenny Ranck; one grandson, Trevor (one 1/2), two brothers, Vincent Ling and Steve Ling and wife, Andrea; his parents, Don and Jeanette Ling. All of Roseburg, Oregon.
He had one nephew, Austin of Roseburg, and two nieces, Sarah Gibbons of Bremerton Washington, and Brook Ling of Roseburg.
He was a loving son, brother, father, grandpa and uncle. He was a friend to many and was always willing to help and tried always to be there for his kids and family. A service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Melrose Community Church.