Lionel Youst
Retired: June 1975

Wife: Hilda

Children: Oliver, Julia, Alice

Lionel Youst

Biography   My Works

 Jobs / Assignments

1961 Lackland AFB, TX Officer Candidate School

1961-62 Chanute AFB, IL Aircraft Maintenance Officer School

1962-65 Wheelus AB , Libya Field Maintenance Officer, 7272 ABW (USAFE)

1965-67 Selfridge AFB, MI Commander, 1 st Field Maintenance Sq ( ADC ); Quality Control Officer

1966 Maxwell AFB, AL Squadron Officer School

1967-69 Clark AB , PI Chief, Management & Plans Division, 13 th AF Hq; Received Regular AF appointment

1970 Tan San Nhut AB,RVN Chief, Logistics Readiness Center , 7 th AF Hq.

1971 Omaha , NE Operation Bootstrap: University of Nebraska

1971-73 Offutt AFB, NE Field Maintenance Officer, 55 th Strat Recon Wing (SAC)

1973-75 Norton AFB, CA Maintenance Inspector, AirForce Inspection and Safety Center (AFIG)1 Jun 1975 Retired, USAF, Major (22 years)

1975-Present Coos Bay, OR Live in my boyhood home far up in the woods near Coos Bay,OR. Owner/operator of Youst Charter Vans, providing Group transportation throughout Oregon , 1978-92.

Managed programs for various local governmentalEntities, 1976-92.

Avocations: Theater acting and Directing, research and writing regional history and Biography.


Born at Woodland, Washington, January 19, 1934; claimed Coos Bay, Oregon, as home since 1937. Worked in logging camps from 1950 to 1953. Served in the Air Force as a jet engine technician and as an aircraft maintenance officer, stationed at various places around the world, until June, 1975. Returned to boyhood home near Coos Bay at that time to pursue strong avocational interests in regional history and ethnography. Attracted to the power of biography as an approach to those subjects, had two books published by the University of Oklahoma.

Press in its Civilization of the American Indian series:

She’s Tricky like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, an Oregon Coast Indian Woman (1997),

and with William R. Seaburg, Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: a Cultural Biography (2002).

A third book, Above the Falls: An Oral and Folk History of Upper Glenn Creek, Coos County, Oregon, based on oral interviews and family histories of remote wilderness homesteads in western Oregon, was self published in 1992 with a second, revised edition in 2003.

Selected Works

by Lionel Youst


She’s Tricky Like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, an Oregon Coast Indian Woman

The story of a Coos Indian woman born on a tidal slough on the Oregon Coast in 1860.

Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: A Cultural Biography

The compelling life story of an Upper Coquelle Athabaskan Indian who lived almost 100 years.

Local History

Above the Falls: An Oral and Folk History of Upper Glenn Creek, Coos County, Oregon. Second Edition.

Local wilderness homesteads, 1875 to 1955. 160 photos, verbatim interviews.

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