Obituaries

Pike County IL


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JOHN G. YAEGER - 41 of Pontiac, IL, formerly of Pittsfield passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in the O.S.F. St. James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center ER in Pontiac. John was born in Pittsfield, IL on December 23, 1970, a son of Roger and Dorothy Hooper Yaeger. He was employed as a corrections officer for the State of Illinois Department of Corrections in Pontiac. John was a graduate of PHS Class of 1989. As a youngster, John was a Quincy Herald Whig paper carrier starting at the age of eight until he was sixteen and was awarded “Carrier of the Year” for the Herald Whig and attended the Boy Scout Jamboree in Philmont, N.M. for Boy Scout Troop #152. He was a “Hot Rod” enthusiast and built his own Hot Rod with the help of his father, brother, and his uncle Chuck. He enjoyed racing BMX bicycles and racing a drag bike and collecting coins. His greatest joy was spending time with his daughter, Taylor. He is survived by his parents, Dorothy and Roger Yaeger and grandmother Ann Yaeger of Pittsfield; daughter, Taylor Nadine Wiedmann and close friend, Melody Wiedmann of Pontiac; brother, Ed (Brenda) Yaeger of Leheigh Acres, FL; sister, Mrs. Anita (Bobby) Kuntz of Pittsfield. Three nieces and two nephews survive; Alyssa and Brandi Cothren, Chloe Kuntz, Zachary and Jacob Yaeger; an uncle, Chuck Yaeger of Macomb; an aunt, Jane Yaeger of Menominee, MO; and several additional aunts, uncles and cousins. John was preceded in death by his uncle Scott Yaeger, grandparents, Floyd Yaeger and Paul and Juanita Hooper and aunts, Donna Foster and Linda Heeman. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Pastor Michael TenEyck officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday evening, December 22, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Lunch will be served for family and friends after the service at the Crossroads Center in Pittsfield. A memorial service will be held in Pontiac at a later date.
Contributed by Billie Browning

LOYD M. YAEGER - 73, of Pittsfield, died at 11:30 p.m. Friday (March 29, 1996) in Illini Community Hospital. Mr. Yaeger was born June 20, 1922, in Pittsfield, a son of Jess and Esther Norton Yaeger. He married Rowena Ator Sept. 27,1941, in Palmyra, Mo. She sur­vives. A graduate of Pittsfield High School and Rankin Electronics Institute in St. Louis, Mr. Yaeger had worked for Magnavox Cor­poration and Setchell-Carison and retired from Arrow Farm Supply in 1980. He had served in the Army during World War II and was a member of Pittsfield First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield Lodge 790 AF&AM and Quincy Consistory. Survivors include a son, Mark Yaeger of Bellingham, Wash.; a daughter, Mrs. Mindy Naatz of Kasson, Minn.; four grandchildren, Nikki, Matthew, Page and Luke; and two sisters, Mrs. Harding (Jesse) Sloan Carr and Mrs. Carl (Marilyn) Riley, both of Pittsfield. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Floyd, and a grandson, Joseph Moore. Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Pittsfield United Methodist Church by the Rev. John McIntosh. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with family meeting friends after 6 Memorials may be made to Babyfold in Normal.
Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves - Contributed by Ella Tittsworth

ESSIE M. YAKELY - 98, of Pittsfield, died early Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, 2001, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. She was born Nov. 15, 1902, in Pittsfield, a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Hulsman Yakley. Ms. Yakley was a graduate of Pittsfield High School. She began working at the Pike County Abstract and Title Company at the age of 15 as a typist, then as manager, and then as owner. She was a charter member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club and the First Christian Church in Pittsfield. She loved gardening, flowers and the outdoors. She also loved to collect antiques. Survivors include 5 nieces, Dorothy (husband Dealas) Akin of Griggsville, Marjorie (husband Clarence) Gamble of Pittsfield, Erma (husband Oral) Bethard of Pittsfield, Margaret (husband Howard) Smith of Onaga, Kan., and Glenna (husband Joe) Conkright of Baylis; 2 nephews, Donald Risley of Perry and Marvin (wife Erlene) Risley of Baylis; as well as several great-nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; 3 sisters, Carrie Risley, Helen Main and Eva Marie Yakley; a brother, Elmer Yakley; 2 nieces, Geraldine Main Hill and Dora Lee Main Stauffer; and a nephew, Gerald Main. Services were Saturday, Sept. 8, at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield with burial in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Pittsfield.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas

GEORGE R. YATES - 73, of Tallahassee, Florida, a native of Pleasant Hill, died at 3:09 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1985 in Tallahassee, Fla. hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Yates was born at Rush Hill, Mo., Sept. 26, 1911, a son of Paul and Percy Kight Yates. He was married to Lorene Allen who survives. He was retired salesman of International Harvester, attended United Methodist Church, member of Jewel Lodge No. 309 AF and AM of Storm Lake, Iowa, OES Chapter 101 of Storm Lake, the Cryptic Masons, St. Johns Commandery and Abouben Adhem Shrine, all of Springfield, Mo. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Karen Elyea of Tallahassee, Florida; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home, with Lowell Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Visitation prior to services Friday at the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

LORENE (ALLEN) YATES - 87, a former Pleasant Hill resident of Orlando, Fla., died at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday (April 2, 1997) in an Orlando hospital. Born Aug. 30, 1909, in Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Yates was a daughter of George W. and Nell A. Edmonds Allen. She married George R. Yates. He died Feb. 19, 1985. Mrs. Yates was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Orlando and Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed sewing and traveling. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Elyea of Orlando; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Joseph Wartick. There is no visitation but friends are invited to the service. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

MONROE YATES - It becomes our painful duty to chron­icle the death of Monroe Yates, who died of pneumonia at his home in this city, Sunday, May 12, 1907. Monroe Yates was the son of George and Maria Hinman Yates, and grand­son of Geo. W. Hinman, one of the pioneers of this county, who entered the land on which the east side of Griggsville is located. He was born on Hinman Prairie, January 11, 1840. His early life was spent on the farm. He received his education at the district school and the Perry high school, later on attending the Quincy college, now Chaddock college. December 23, 1873, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Lavina Simpkin, who died January 3, 1904. To them were born two children, George Simpkin, who died March 14th, 1903 and Thomas Monroe. Mr. Yates is the last of the old business firm of George Yates & Sons, which was organized in the early sixties, and for many years did an extensive business in farming, and stock raising. On the death of the senior member, was subsequently conducted under the firm name of W. H & M. Yates. Some years ago he met with a painful accident, from which he never recovered, and was a constant sufferer therefrom. Monroe Yates was a public spirited man and generous to his friends and family. As a business man he stood with the foremost in this county. His judgment of men and business investments was of high order. In all matters of public or private character he had an opinion, and when called upon gave the subject his best interpretation.

Mr. Yates was a member of Griggsville Lodge, No. 45, A. F. and A Masons, the Royal Arch Masons of Perry, and Ascalon Commandery, K T., of Pittsfield, the latter of which expected to conduct the service at the grave, but the inclement weather pre vented. The funeral services were held at St James Episcopal church on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. L. D. Crandall officiating, after which he was laid to rest in the family lot in the city cemetery. The bearers were Dr. T. S. Hitch, Rufus Hitch, John Lasbury, Jr., Thos. Simpkin, Jr., Robert Hopkins and Page Hatch. Of his immediate family, who are lei to mourn their loss are his son, Thomas Monroe, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Grace A. Yates; Margaret, Jefferson and Deihl Yates, grandchildren, his brother Edward Yates of Pittsfield, four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Rush, of Hinman Prairie; Mrs. J. W. Fisher, of Kansas City; Mrs. Jefferson Orr, of Pittsfield and Mrs. L. W. McMahan, of this place.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson

PERCY (KIGHT) YATES - 90, of Pleasant Hill, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday (May 20, 1977) in a Pittsfield hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home with the Rev. William Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Mrs. Yates was born in Bowling Green, Mo., June 25, 1886 a daughter of John E. and Emma O’Bannon Kight. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was a 50-year member of the Ione Chapter No. 721 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a charter member of the Pleasant hill Friday Study club. She was married to Paul B. Yates in Bowling Green, Mo., Aug. 11, 1909. He died June 30, 1956. Surviving are a son, George of Leesburg, Fla.; a grandchild, three great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

THOMAS MONROE YATES , one of the most widely known farmers and business men in Pike county, died at his home in Griggsville at 11:55 o'clock Sunday night. Death was caused by meningitis and came after an Illness of only three days. His sickness and death came as a shock to his relatives and many friends. Mr. Yates under went a nasal operation in Springfield Monday, but was not taken sick until Thursday, when meningitis developed. Nurses were secured to attend his case, and Friday, Dr. J. A. Koch, of Quincy, and Dr. A. E. Prince, of Springfield, were called for consulta­tion with Dr. H. C. Loveless. Dr. Koch and Dr. Walter D. Stevenson, of Quincy were present Saturday. No hopes for Mr. Yates' recovery ever was given by any of the physicians. Mr. Yates was born in Griggsville May 18, 1884. He was the second son of the late Monroe Yates and Lavina Simpkin Yates, and a grandson of Thomas and Anne Warton Simpkin, and George and Maria Hinman Yates, all of whom were prominent in the early history of the county. He was confirmed in the St. James' Episco­pal church when twelve years old. Mr. Yates received his early educa­tion in the Griggsville Public schools, and later supplemented this in the University of Illinois, where he was a student in agriculture. He was married to Miss Margaret Trip­lett in Quincy, Ill., October 7, 1911. His wife and daughter Marianne, aged 2 years, are the only immediate rela­tives surviving.

Mr. Yates assumed the responsibil­ities of life at an early age. When twenty-one years old he took up the management of the estate to which he fell heir upon the death of his father. It was at this time also that he became guardian and trustee of his nieces and nephew, Margaret, Jefferson and Deihl Yates. Five years ago he bought a half interest in the Pike Milling Company. In these va­ried enterprises, Mr. Yates was uni­formly successful. In the business world he won the respect and confi­dence of all his associates largely through the kindly personality and depth of character so well known and appreciated by the members of his family and intimate friends. The funeral was held at two o'clock this afternoon at the Yates home. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Edward Fawcett, of Quincy, conducted the services. Interment was made in the Griggsville Cemetery. Among the out of town relatives and friends here for the funeral were Edw. Yates, Mrs. Jefferson Orr, Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Graham, Pittsfield; L. E. Hitch, Walter Stead, Mrs. Norman Keith, Chicago; Harris Triplett, Stuttgart, Ark.; Roger Triplett, Em­poria, Kansas; Prof. David Felm­ley, Normal; Roy Hitch, Spring­field; Mr. and Mrs. Raphael Shoemaker, Jacksonville; Miss Ada Triplett, Mrs. Alice Brengleman, Miss Electa Meredith, Perry.
Contributed by Sandi Donaldson

W.H. YATES - The death of William H. Yates occurred yesterday afternoon at about 3:30 o'clock. He had been in poor health for several years, and some time ago suffered an attack of an apopleptic nature. He visited a number of health resorts and sanitariums, but derived no permanent benefit from any of them. Mr. Yates was one of the wealthy and prominent citizens of this county, and was held in the highest regard by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was born in this township Sept 28, 1837, and has all his life been engaged in farming and stock raising and shipping stock. The firm of W. H. and M. Yates, is well known in all the large stock markets east and west. Mr. Yates was one of the first directors o the Griggsville National Bank, and was at the time of his death vice-president of the institution. He was president o the Pike Milling company, and a Mason. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Ravenscroft, of Versailles, and a daughter, Marie, an only child; also two brothers and four sisters, Monroe Yates his partner in the stock business; Col Edward Yates, of Pittsfield; Mrs. Jerome Rush, of Hinman Prairie; Mrs. J. W. Fisher of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. M. Y. McMahan of this city, and Mrs. Ella M. Orr, wife of Judge Jefferson Orr, of Pittsfield. The funeral services will be held at the family residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock, Revs. J. A. Kumler of Springfield and Abner Clark of this city officiating. Interment will be at Versailles Ill., tomorrow at 9:30 a. m.
(Submitted by Sandi Donaldson from a newspaper clipping from a Pike county scrapbook)

JESS B. YEAGER , 83, of Pittsfield, died at 3 a.m. Monday (March 24, 1980) in Memorial Medical Center in Springfield Mr. Yeager was born Jan. 20, 1897, in Hardin Township, a son of John L. and Catherine Bauer Yeager.. He married Esther Norton Sept. 16, 1920, in Pittsfield. He was a retired former and carpenter. He was a World War 1 Navy veteran and a 50-year member of Pittsfield Lodge 79 AF&AM. He was a member of Time Community Church, American Legion Post 152 and the Carpenters Union. He attended First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield. Surviving are his wife; a son Loyd Yeager of Pittsfield; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Jessie) Sloan and Mrs. Carl (Marilyn) Riley, both of Pittsfield; a brother, Howard Yeager of St. Charles, Ill.; two sisters, Miss Nellie Yeager and Miss Mae Yeager, both of Pittsfield; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, five brothers and four sisters. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Niebur Funeral Home, conducted by Dr. John C. Wilkey. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

CARL GLEN YELLIOTT , 81, of Pittsfield, died at 2:45 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 25, 1980) at Illini Community Hospital. Born in the Milton area, July 29, 1899, he was the son of John Edward and Edith Mae Watkins Yelliott. He married Estella Gleckler March 25, 1928, in New Salem. She Survives. Mr. Yelliott was a farmer for 30 years in Hardin Township and for 17 years in Griggsville Township. He was a member of the Pike County Farm Bureau and was a member of the Methodist Church in Milton. Also surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Glenna) Ferguson, of Pittsfield; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Bauer, of Pearl; an aunt, Mrs. Ruth Yelliott, of Milton; two grandsons. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, conducted by Joe T. Maynard. Burial will be in West Pittsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Illini Community Hospital or to the Pike County chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

FRED R. YELLIOTT , 86 of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, and formerly of Milton, died, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Illinois Veterans Home. Fred was born in Milton, Dec. 3, 1924 a son to George and Nellie Mullnix Yelliott. He married Neva Coonrod and she preceded him in death in 1995. Fred was a veteran of the United States Navy and had worked for the GM&O Railroad and Illinois Central Railroad as a bridge gang and construction laborer. Fred is survived by three sons, Gary (Melodee) of Bloomington; John of Bloomington, George of East Moline and a daughter, Sharon Ridgeway of Bloomington, Also surviving are 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a brother, Joe (Barbara) Yelliott of Pittsfield, He was preceded in death by brothers, George Henry Yelliott, Lee Edward Yelliott, Glenn Yelliott and a sister, Eva Franklin. Graveside services were held Friday, March 4, at 3 p.m. at the Eldred Memorial Garden Cemetery, Eldred, with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Graveside military rites were accorded by the Eldred American Legion Post 1135. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.
Contributed by Billie Browning

GLENN A. YELLIOTT , 77 of Milton, IL passed away Sunday, January 30, 2011 at the Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Glenn was born near Milton, IL on May 13, 1933 a son to George L. and Nellie Mullnix Yelliott. Glenn was a United States Army veteran serving from April 22, 1953 until April 7, 1955. He was a truck driver for Wheelock in his earlier years and later an American Saddle Bred Show Horse Trainer. He was baptized and a member of the Greenpond Christian Church near Pearl, IL. Survivors include two sons, Roger (Sandra) Yelliott and Kenneth (Traci) Yelliott both of Pittsfield, two brothers, Joe (Barb) Yelliott of Pittsfield and Fred Yelliott of Quincy, IL, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George Henry and Lee Edward Yelliott and a sister Eva Franklin. Services and burial of the cremated remains are planned for a later date at the Smith Cemetery at Milton
Contributed by Billie Browning

MARY (BURLEND) YELLIOTT - Was born in Yorkshire, England, Jan. 13, 1815, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Aaron Loveless, near Detroit, Ill., Jan. 4, 1889, after twelve days of prostration from paralysis, during which time she was not permitted to speak or recognize any one. She was united in marriage to Mr. Luke Yelliott, in England, in the year 1840, and in 1842 they came to America, and settled in Pike county, Illinois. Her husband died in the faith of Christ about three years ago. To them were born nine children, seven of whom are living, who mourn their loss, but hope to meet in heaven their loved ones, who "shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." Sister Yelliott became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Bethel in the year 1844, and was ever after a faithful and devout follower of Christ, exerting a godly in-fluence in the community over her friends and neighbors, but more especially over her own household, bringing up her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, whose faith they follow. Two weeks before her fatal illness she, as usual, attended class at Detroit, and gave her last testimony, and with holy rapture spoke of the love of God, and her hope of heaven, as if she realized that her Master would soon I say: " 'Tis enough; come up higher." On Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11 a. m., her funeral was preached by the writer to a very large congregation of sympathizing friends and neighbors, after which her body was laid in the silent tomb in the beautiful cemetery in the churchyard. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; yea, saith the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors and their works do follow them.."
Transcribed by Delaine Donaldson, from an old scrapbook containing newspaper clippings.

RUTH MARGARET (HOOVER) YELLIOTT , 91, died Sept. 22, 1982 at the Barry Community Care Center. Born Nov. 27, 1891 south of Milton, she was a daughter of Ed and Neda Chandler Hoover. She married William Yelliott Sept. 25, 1917 and he preceded in death. Survivors include two children, Charles Clay Yelliott and Wilma Briston of Walla Wallla, Wash.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs Fayedell Preble of Pittsfield, and two brothers, Manley and Daniel Hoover of the Milton area. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Mrs Yelliott grew up in the Milton area. She taught school for one year. She was a member of the Friday club and the Milton Christian Church, had served as president of the Ladies Aid of the church and had helped with 4-H. Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Milton Christian Church with Brother Al Roemer officiating. Burial was in Smith cemetery. Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from theContributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from theContributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection
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SHIRLEY J. YELLIOTT , 78 of Pittsfield and formerly of Milton, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Liberty Village in Pittsfield. Shirley was born March 29, 1933, in Milton, a daughter to Lewis (John) L. and Irma G. Landess Stout. In earlier years, Shirley was employed at the Brown Shoe Company in Pittsfield and the United States Postal Service. She loved to cook and retired from the Old Orchard Country Club where she extended her love of cooking and baking to her family and to the restaurant customers. Shirley enjoyed playing cards, flower gardening and bird watching, especially hummingbirds. Her loving soul will be remembered by her two sons, Roger L. (Sandy) Yelliott and Kenneth G. (Traci) Yelliott, both Pittsfield; four grandchildren, Kara (Kevin) Gray of Forrest Dell, Mo.; Kayla (Scott) Riley of Milton; Keenan and Kayci Yelliott of Pittsfield. Dear to Shirley’s heart were her four great grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 13 step great-grandchildren and special family members, Ronald and Ramona Landess. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Betty Bollman and Lois Phillips. Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 14, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Tom Wilber officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment was in the Smith Cemetery near Milton.
Contributed by Billie Browning

GLORIA YELTON - passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family. Bobbye was born January 4, 1926 to Harold and Mae Crowder at home on the family farm in Pleasant Hill Illinois. She went to a country grade school in Bayville Illinois, and on most days she walked to school with her sisters and brother. They were a very close family who worked, played, and prayed together. She graduated from high school in Pleasant Hill in 1943. She was chosen Girl Citizen of her class, and she was honored to be named as a Daughter of the American Revolution. She and her three sisters worked as secretaries at the high school after their graduations. On June 26, 1945 she married the love of her life, Wayne Yelton, at her parent's home. They resided in Illinois until moving to McCall Idaho in 1948, and then to Eagle in 1953. Bobbye was a devoted mother and homemaker and in 1971 she found a job which suited her perfectly - being a rural mail carrier in Star Idaho. She held her co-workers close to her heart and the patrons on her route continually showed their kindness by digging her car out of snow drifts, changing flat tires, and offering her a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. She retired from her job in 1994 and became a full time grandmother to her grandsons Matthew and Ryan. Bobbye accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a young age and was a member of the Baptist Church her entire life. She had many brothers and sisters in Christ whom she cared about deeply. We, her family, know that she is with her Lord and Savior and is rejoicing with her loved ones who have gone before her. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Wayne, her daughter and son-in-law Becky and Jack, her grandsons Matthew and Ryan, her sister and brother-in-law Donna June and Thomas Hobbs, her brother and sister-in-law Lawrence and Jean Crowder, Carl and Joy Neese, Bob Capps, a sister-in-law Dorothy Curley, many nieces and nephews, and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by an infant sister Hilda, a brother Lewis, her father, her mother, and her sisters Haroldine Neese and Bettye Joyce Capps. Bobbye's family would like to thank the staff of St. Luke's MSTI, the special people at Heart and Home Hospice, those who remembered her with phone calls, cards, and prayers, Dorothy Curley and Karen Dellgard for their devoted care in her final days, and the family, friends, and neighbors who have been our continual support in the days since her passing. Services will be held Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Alden Waggoner Funeral Home in Boise with graveside committal services immediately following at Dry Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Ronald McDonald House, her favorite charity. We will always love and miss you, and one day we will be together again in Heaven.
Contributed by Billie Browning

BETTE (HILLMAN) YELVERTON - 66, of Arvada, Colo. died Jan. 29, 1991 at Wheatridge, Colo. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 6, at 4 p.m. at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Friends are invited to attend the service. Ward-Lummis Funeral Home handled arrangements. Born Oct. 8, 1924 in Atlas, Mrs. Yelverton was a 1942 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She was a member of DAR and the Arvada Presbyterian Church. She was a retired senior secretary for the state of Colorado Division of Wildlife. Survivors include a son Marcus, of De Soto, Tex.; two daughters, Ellen Annette Yelverton and Mary Michelle Bazil, both of Arvada; two brothers, William E. Hillman, Jr of Benton, Mo. and Robert D. Hillman of New Mexico; two granddaughters, Yonna and Ana Yelverton, both of De Soto. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Richard Leroy and Paul Douglas Yelverton. Memorials may be given to Crescent Heights Cemetery or the American Lung Association.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

DONNA YOCKEY , 86, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Westminster Manor in Austin, Texas. Donna was born Jan. 30, 1922 on a farm near Perry, the daugh­ter of John Ray and Marie Daigh Hannant. She was preceded in death by her parents and five sib­lings: Owen Hannant, Margaret Ada Hannant, Gordon Hannant, Richard Hannant and Jean Hannant Reese. She got a good education at Dexter School, the one-room schoolhouse near her home. In 1938, she graduated from Perry High School, a member of its largest class. She married Roy Yockey, Jr. of Perry at Mt. Vernon Place Methodist Church in Washington D.C. July 21, 1941. She worked for the Navy Department during and after World War H. In 1982, Donna retired from federal service. Donna and Roy bought a trailer and traveled extensively, visiting friends and family. Roy died in 2001, soon after their 60th anniversary. In 2003, Donna moved to Austin Texas, to be closer to her fam­ily. Donna liked travel, cook­ing, sewing and crafts. She was an avid game player, enjoying Scrabble, Dominoes, and cards. She loved the hummingbirds. She loved to entertain, tell stories and tease people. She was a devoted correspondent with her many friends and relatives, and loved talking on the telephone. She enjoyed going back to Perry, to see family and friends. Donna is survived by daugh­ter Karen Yockey O'Quin; her husband Jack O'Quin; grandson, Rylan Bosher, his wife Tonya Petty Bosher and their daughter, Zoe Bay Bosher. Tonya's mother, Donna Petty, was both family and friend to her, as were step grandchildren Maya Quin, Joshua O'Quin, and Michael O'Quin. Elizabeth Hannant and Mary Louise Hannant are her surviving sisters-in-law. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at the Airsman­Hires Chapel in Griggsville.
Contributed by Billie Browning

LINDA (HITTNER) YOCKEY , 71, of Pleasant Hill, died Saturday afternoon at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. Linda was born July 16, 1940, in Jacksonville, IL, a daughter of John and Margaret Newman Hittner. She married James L. Yokem Sept. 6, 1959, in the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, and he survives. Linda was a 1958 graduate of Pittsfield High school. She had been employed as a secretary for the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Mo. and from 1972 through 1984 she was the manager of Yokem's Jewelry Store in Pleasant Hill, IL. Linda enjoyed flower gardening, camping and water skiing at the river. She also enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida. She was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, James L. Yokem of Pleasant Hill, IL, her mother, Margaret Hittner of Pittsfield, IL, a son Brett (Debra) Yokem of Hanover, Penn.; a daughter, Brenda (Tom) Jones of Jerseyville, IL, a grandson, Alex Yokem of Hanover, Penn.; a sister, Joanne (Fred) Engelmann of Baylis, IL, two brothers, Gary (Angie) Hittner of Pittsfield, IL and Darrell (Linda) Hittner of Pittsfield, IL. Linda was preceded in death by her father, a sister, Judy Harter and a brother, John Hittner. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Don Peebles. Burial will follow at Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill, IL. Visitation was held Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity or organization of the donor's choice. Lummis funeral home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

ROY C. YOCKEY , 94, of Perry died Friday, Jan. 25, 1982 at Methodist Sunset Home, Quincy. Born Oct. 16, 1887 in Pike county, he was a son of Christian and Elizabeth Schaffnitt Yockey. He married Bessie Jane Thiele in Pittsfield Oct. 3, 1911. She died Nov 15, 1976. Surviving are a son, Roy Yockey Jr of San Antonio, Tex.; a granddaughter, Mrs Karen Bosher, and a great-grandson, Rylan Bosher, both of Austin, Tex.; numerous nieces and nephews, and a great-niece, Elbreta Koeper, who had cared for Mr Yockey in his home. Mr Yockey was preceded in death by a son, Dean, who was killed in World War II; five brothers and a sister, Mark, Arthur, Frank, Edward, Amos and Ella Walker. Services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Skinner Funeral Home, Griggsville, with the Rev Solomon Jadhav officiating. Burial was in Wilson cemetery, Perry. Virginia Hart Collection.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

ANNE ELIZABETH YOKEM , age 78, of Pittsfield, IL died Wednesday (12-8-10) morning at Liberty Village in Pittsfield. Anne was born July 3, 1932 in Chicago, IL, a daughter of Maynard S. and Ethel Stull Powell. She married James W. Yokem in 1957 in Chicago and he survives, living in Roseville, IL. Anne was a long time employee of the “Pike Press” newspaper in Pittsfield. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, reading and traveling. Anne was of the Methodist faith and more recently had attended the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield. Survivors include two daughters, Susan Yokem of Waukegan, IL and Beth Yokem of Pittsfield, four sisters, Enid Elaine Johnson of Chicago, Virginia Rose Kvorka of Pittsfield and Ellen Powell and Donna Powell, both of Grays Lake, IL and numerous nieces and nephews. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Maynard Powell in 1993 and by a special friend, Richard Gray. Funeral services were held Saturday (12-11-10) at 1:00 p.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Don Peebles. Burial followed at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation was held one hour prior to the services. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning

ANTHONY YOKEM , 46, of Louisiana, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 in Quincy, Ill. He was born June 21, 1967 in Pittsfield, Ill., the son of Gary and Beverly Skirvin Yokem. He married Carla Lynn Harrison July 7, 1990 at First Christian Church in Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Carla Yokem of Louisiana; his mother, Beverly Skirvin Yokem of Quincy; his father, Gary Yokem of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Rebecca Lawson of Louisiana, and Carly Yokem of Santa Rosa, Calif.; one son, Clayton Yokem of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Steven Harrison and Katelynn Harrison both of Louisiana, Keaton Yokem of Nashville, Tenn., Brylynn Warren and Brenna Warren both of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two sisters; and one brother. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vinton and Frances Skirvin; a granddaughter, Hailey Harrison and aunts and uncles. Tony graduated from the Pleasant Hill High School at Pleasant Hill in 1985. He had been employed as a foreman for Towsend Tree Service of Troy for about 15 years. Tony loved spending time with his family and was an avid mushroom hunter, fisherman and camper. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Mark Shepherd will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery near Louisiana. Honorary pallbearers are Roosevelt Blair, John Warren, Dennis Roberts, Morris Lawson, Shane Elliott and Terry Hall. Active pallbearers are Ross Harrison II, Craig Skirvin, Jason Huggart, Greg Nulsen, Junior Moore and Steven Cloninger
Contributed by Bill Browning

CATHERINE ALZINA YOKEM , only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Yokem of Rockport, Ill., was born at the Yokem homestead near Rockport on April 24, 1906, and departed this life at the family home on January 25, 1926 at the age of 19 years, 8 months and 29 days. The father, Mr. Solomon Yokem, a member of one of the oldest and widest known families of Pike county died a little less than a year ago. Catherine attended the Walnut Grove school near her home during the earlier years of her school life and in the fall of 1919 entered the Barry schools where she continued her studies for a period of two years, making her home with her aunt, Mrs. Anna Terry Meyer. During this time she united with the First Baptist Church of Barry, of which church she was a member at the time of her death. Prior to his residence in Barry she was a devoted attendant of the Baptist Sunday school of Pleasant Hill. While in Barry she was a faithful and well-remember member of the class of young ladies taught by Mrs. L. H. Hadsell. Her residence in Barry endeared her to many friends who most sincerely mourn her early departure. In the fall of 1921 she entered Hardin College of Mexico, Mo. She finished the academic course there last year, and was enrolled at the time of her last sickness as a member of the college freshman class. She was bright and capable and gave promise of a very useful life. The Hon. E. A. Shannon, judge of the Probate Court and President of the Executive Committee of the Official Board of the college was present as a the representative of the President, Dr. Vaughn, who was unable to be present; the faculty was represented by Miss Berta Blasingame, teacher of English. Each made appropriate remarks in estimation of Catherine as a student while in the college. Among the nearer relatives who mourn her death are her mother, Mrs. Solomon Yokem and brother William of Rockport, one step-brother, the Rev. Eugene Neubauer of Fairmont, West Virginia; five aunts, Mrs. Anna Terry Meyer of Barry, Ill.; Mrs. T. M. Watson of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. L. N. Hall of Pomona, California; Mrs. Fannie Godwin of Louisiana, Mo.; Mrs. Nettie Shaw of Summer Hill; three uncles, Eugene Terry of Chicago; Frank Terry of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mr. George Terry of Barry, Ill., together with many other relatives and a large circle of friends. The funeral was conducted from the family home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 1925 by the Rev. T. Elmer Jones B. D. of the First Baptist Church of Barry. The music was furnished by a mixed quartet composed of Mesdames Ada Bybee, Clarice Godwin and Messrs. Clarence Thomas and Dr. Goodman. Mrs. T. Elmer Jones of Barry sang, "Abiding" by Teale, accompanied by Miss Corrinne Jones. Catherine was buried in Wells Cemetery where sleep four generation of Yokems. Hardin plans to hold a memorial service in commemoration of her residence and work there. Truly it is a sad loss to have her go, not only to the home but also to the world which she was fitted pastor expresses the wish of all so well to serve. The writer joins their many friends in extending to Mrs. Yokem and the family sincere sympathy for the untimely death of Catherine.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

EDWIN E. YOKEM , 55, of Pleasant Hell, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 13, 1980) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, where he had been a patient since Friday. Mr. Yokem was born July 17, 1925, in Pittsfield, the son of Guy B. and Velma Gutherie Yokem. He married Roberta "Bobbye" Guthrie on April 19, 1947, in Pittsfield. She survives. He had been self-employed for 30 years as an insurance broker and was also a licensed real estate salesman. He was also employed 27 years by Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co., retiring in 1972. He was formerly active on the Pleasant Hill community Unit 3 school board and the Pleasant Hill village board. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran, was awarded the Purple Heart, and was a member of American Legion Post 1048 of Pleasant Hill. He is survived by his mother of Pleasant Hill; his grandmother, Mrs. Cora Guthrie of Pleasant Hill; three sons, Gary Yokem of Jerseyville, and Curtis and Mark Yokem of Pleasant Hill; one daughter, Mrs. Larry (Shelley) Carroll of rural Nebo; one sister, Mrs. Phyllis Etter of Effingham; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, conducted by the Rev. Joe Maynard. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection

FERN (CLARK) BROWNING YOKEM , 78, of Summer Hill, died at 7 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 13, 1982) at the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. She was born Dec. 25, 1903, in Pike County, the daughter of W.H. and Etta Mae Dunham Clark. She married Clay Browning. He preceded her in death. She then married Henry Yokem on Nov. 12, 1955, in Pittsfield. He survives. She was a housewife and was employed at the Brown Shoe Factory in Pittsfield. Also surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Ed (Barbara) Hooper of Summer Hill, and Mrs. Warren (Betty) Lowe of Pittsfield; one son, Bill Yokem of Westminster, Colo.; three step-daughters, Mrs. Frank (Mildred) McCartney, Jr. of Summer Hill, Mrs. Dorothy Skinner of Billings, Mont., and Mrs. Donna Foreman of Jacksonville; one step-son, Marion Yokem of Fort Collins, Colo.; one sister Mrs. Mae Hinds of Memphis, Mo.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, conducted by the Rev. Joe T. Maynard. Burial will be in the Pittsfield West Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made to the Barry Community Care Center.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

GRACE P. (FISH) YOKEM , 90, of Pleasant Hill died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at the Pleasant Hill Nursing Center. She was born Feb. 8, 1913 in Zalma, Mo., to Adolph and Vera V. McKee Fish. She married Jesse H. Yokem Sept. 12, 1929 in Louisiana, Mo. He died May 15, 1980. Mrs. Yokem had been employed by the Brown Shoe Company in Pittsfield and also by Stark Brothers Nursery. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Church of Christ. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting for mushrooms. Survivors include two sons, Jim (wife Linda) Yokem and Charles (wife Margaret) Yokem of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Marjorie Doran of Pleasant Hill and Vera (husband Vencil) Sapp of Rockport; one daughter-in-law, Betty Yokem of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two brothers, Curt Fish of Flint, Mich., and Gary Fish of St. Charles, Mo.; four sisters, Maxine Shive of Pleasant Hill, Iris Armistead of Pittsfield, Helen Wheatley of Flint and Fern Nevels of St. Charles; a sister-in-law, Shirley Rodgers of O’Fallon, Mo.; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Jesse D. Yokem; a grandson, Mike Doran; and a brother, Orville Fish. Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 23, at the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial was at Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. Pallbearers were Mrs. Yokem’s grandsons, Terry Sapp, Danny Sapp, Craig Yokem, Carl Yokem, David Yokem and Brad Yokem. Memorials are to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice. Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill was in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

GUY B. YOKEM , 72, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday, July 31, 1972 at 4:50 p.m. in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. His death followed a long illness. Mr. Yokem, a son of Curtis and Jennie Alberta Brant Yokem, was born August 28, 1899. He married Velma Guthrie on July 27, 1922. He was a member of the Christian Church, AF & AM Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club. Mr. Yokem owned and operated a poultry house in Pleasant Hill and later owned and operated the Yokem Insurance and Real Estate Agency in Pleasant Hill. Surviving are the widow: a son, Edwin C. Yokem of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Phyllis) Etter of Effingham; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Faye) Martin and Mrs. H. B. (Eva) Berry, both of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A son, Dean Yokem was killed in Italy in World War II. Services were held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in Ward Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ronald Eaker officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

HENRY YOKEM , 76, of Summer Hill died Monday, March 29, 1982 at Illini Hospital. He had been a resident of Barry Community Care Center for approximately two years. Born Sept. 4, 1905, in Atlas township, he was a son of William and Jennie Emma Thompson Yokem. He married Lydia Marie Dober Dec. 5, 1926. She died Feb. 13, 1982. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs Frank (Mildred) McCartney Jr. of Summer Hill, Mrs Jack (Dorothy) Skinner of Billings, Mont. and Mrs Donna Foreman of Jacksonville; a son, Marion D. Yokem of Fort Collins, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Mrs Ed (Barbara) Hooper of Summer Hill and Mrs Warren (Betty) Lowe of Pittsfield; a stepson, Bill Clark Browning of Westminster, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Scott Mortuary with Brother Joe Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Pittsfield West cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home between 4 and 9 p.m. today, Wednesday. The family will be there from 7-9 p.m.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

JESSE DEE YOKEM , 63, of Cedar Falls, IA died Sunday, October 30, 1994. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. and was a machinist at Viking Pump Co. from 1956 to 1965, for H&H Tool from 1965 to 1973, for Black Hawk Engineering from 1973 to 1980 and then from 1984 to 1993, and for Midwest Tool from January to June 1994. Born January 28, 1931 in Pleasant Hill, he was a son of Jesse H. and Grace Fish Yokem. He married Betty Kattleman on October 27, 1951, in Pittsfield and she survives. Also surviving are four sons, Jesse W., Charles Lee, Craig A. and Carl W., all of Cedar Falls; two daughters Joanna “Jodie” Gutknecht and Amy Yokem, both of Cedar Falls; nine grandchildren; his mother of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, Jim and Charles, both of Pleasant Hill; and two sisters, Marjorie Doran of Pleasant Hill and Vera Sapp of Rockport. Visitation was held Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning at Dahl-Van Hove-School Funeral Home in Cedar Falls, and an hour before the service at the church. The funeral was conducted Wednesday (today), November 2, 1994 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery. Full military rites were conducted by Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49. Memorials may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of the family.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

JESSE YOKEM , 70, of rural Rockport died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday (May 15, 1980) in Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana, Mo. He was born Aug. 24, 1909, in Pike County, Ill., a son of Jesse D. and Minnie Wombles Yokem. He married Grace D. Fish on Sept. 12, 1929, in Louisiana. He was a retired laborer, past assessor of Atlas Township, and former county steward for Laborer's Local 253. Survivors include his wife, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Gosnell of Pleasant Hill; three sons, Jesse D. Yokem of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and James and Charles Yokem, both of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Marjorie) Doran of Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. Vencil (Vera) Sapp of Rockport; two sisters, Mrs. Katie Moore of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Shirley Rodgers of O'Fallon, Mo.; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and a grandson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, conducted by the Rev. Billy Smith, with burial in Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

JUDITH (SHRIVER) YOKEM - Funeral services for Mrs. Judith Diane Yokem, 63, of Louisiana, Mo. were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Collier Funeral Home in Louisiana. The Rev. Earl Wood officiated. Burial was in the Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. Mrs. Yokem died Friday March 7, 2003 at Pike County Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 26, 1940, in Loraine, Ill. to Frank Shriver and Eleanor Strahan Shriver. She married Clarence Edward Seybold in 1959 and he preceded her in death in June of 1998. Two sons, Victor Frank Seybold of Quincy, and Anton Edward Seybold of Louisiana were born to this union. They survive. In May 1982, she married James William Yokem at the United Methodist Church in Quincy. Her husband, James, survives as well as his two daughters, Susan Yokem of Chicago and Elizabeth Yokem of Quincy. Her mother, Eleanor Shriver of Louisiana survives and four grandchildren, Melody Seybold and Victor Paul Seybold of Quincy and Chase Seybold and Ryan Seybold of Louisiana. She was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Shriver. Mrs. Yokem graduated from Unity High School in Mendon in 1958. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisiana. Judy loved life and was chronically ill for several years, but never let her problems get her down. She has a passion for decorating historic homes that she and Jim restored. She was an excellent cook, loved flower gardening and loved to travel. Active pallbearers were Paul Seybold, Gerald Smith, Alan Lynn, Kenneth Martin, William Reed and Robert Ince. Memorials may be given to the Louisiana Evangelical Outreach in care of Collier Funeral Homes, (balance cut off).
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

SOLOMON YOKEM , Born Oct. 4th, 1842 - Died March 23rd, 1924. Buried at Wells Cemetery, Pleasant Hill
At the age of 81 years, 5 months and 19 days.
By reason of great strength he was an actor in the drama of life for the period of eighty-one years, at the most momentous time in the world's history. A period in which the ingenuity of man has reached farther into the mysterious realms of nature, and brought to light resources which had been hidden through the ages, and during this eighty-one years has been made to yield to the subtle touch of the scientific hand, guided by the fertile brain of ingenuous man. Solomon was born in 1842 at the same place where he died on Sunday morning March 23rd, 1924. No history of the life of our friend who so recently unexpectedly passed away can be complete without saying something of his Grandparents, his Parents, his Uncles and Aunts. His Grandparents were Solomon and Elizabeth, Solomon born in Virginia and Elizabeth in Kentucky they came to Pike County, Mo., in 1816 when William Yokem father of Solomon now deceased was an infant being born in the year 1816, subsequently in the year 1833 they came to Pike County, Ill., residing here continuously since that time. The children of Solomon and Elizabeth Yokem who lived to reach manhood and womanhood were seven: William the father of the deceased, Dudley, Henry, and Marion, a daughter Amelia, was the mother of the elder members of the family of Gay, many of whom now reside in Pike Co., and many are scattered in other parts of the country. Mary Ann who married James Griffith was the mother of Dudley of this vicinity, and of Jas. and Halleck living in other parts of the country. Catherine who married Wm. Ferguson and afterward married Henry Buchanan, children now surviving are Jane Capps of Bloomington, Ill., Fannie Peters of California and Catherine Capps of this county. But more particularly of the four stalwart sons of Solomon the grandfather of William, Dudley, Henry and Marion, who grew to young manhood and were physical specimens of which we see very few at the present day, Dudley and Henry almost giants physically, passed away under the age of fifty. The only surviving child of Dudley, Mrs. Belle McBride of California, the only surviving child of Henry, Curtis Yokem of this vicinity, the surviving children of Marion are Mrs. Lou Shaw of this county and Mrs. Alice Sapp of Hammond, Ind.
Surviving Solomon, the children of William are Mrs. Bernetta Shaw of Summer Hill, Ill., and Mrs. Fannie Godwin of Louisiana, Mo. More has been crowded into the life tenure of Solomon Yokem who today rests from the arduous tasks of life, than has been allotted to most persons of his age, coming into the activities of life about the time or before the telegraph came into use, he soon saw the Atlantic cable laid beneath the ocean's foaming depths, which made possible the communications of man to man through the agency of an electrically charged wire, from the western continent to the eastern continent beneath the rolling waves of the ocean. Not long after this he saw the attempted division of the American union where brother went to war against brother and the wave of conflict devastated the fair fields of the central and southern states, and when peace dawned, culminated in that proclamation which fell from the lips of the martyred Lincoln on the first of January 1864, when he proclaimed in immortal accents that henceforward the children of God should be free from that myriad of slaves to be put on no more by their former owners or taskmasters, in those strenuous days Solomon saw Illinois send her best and made possible these inspired words:
"Not without thy wondrous story -- Illinois, Illinois,
Can be writ the nation's glory -- Illinois, Illinois
Inn the records of thy years --
Abraham Lincoln's name appears
Grant and Logan and our tears, --
Illinois, Illinois"
Passing on during his young manhood he saw the railroads being built nearer at a time when western central Illinois had only a few miles of railroad. From his seat on the front porch of this dwelling which he has occupied probably half a century he could see over the Mississippi bottom when it was a cattle range where many a time he swam his saddle horse getting cattle off the prairie out of the inundation of the Mississippi River.
In 1871 from his same place on the porch he saw the engines of the Chicago and Alton, moving the commerce of the nation through his old cattle range, which in about 1876 was organized into a levee and drainage district, the river was levied and the cattle ranges became the bottom farms of Southern Pike and Adams counties, when one hundred thousand acres of these lands were reclaimed for agricultural purposes.
Time flies: And has been flying and ere Solomon closed his eyes to the scenes of time, he saw further communication where a person could stand at one end of an electric wire and converse with another person at the other end without having to be a telegraph operator. The horseless carriage came; and the earth and the air and the ocean continued to yield to the ingenuity of man, the inventions calculated to ameliorate the condition of mankind, progressed no faster than the engines of death and destruction, which now hurl from infernal machines missiles of death from the air, from the earth, from the sea, and from under the sea, and this make havoc of human life. From his same seat on the porch or near by in the closing months of his life equipped with the latest creation of the electrical wizard he could take his radio and hear the voices of the merry makers, the solemn words of eulogy to the memory of some one who like himself had laid down the working tools of life. He could hear the commercial transactions and price quotations of the commerce of the nation, he could hear what the weather would be for the morrow, whether sunshine or shadow from all parts of the country from Plymouth Rock to the land of the setting sun. After all this he rests, but as life lasted he rested not. At the age of twenty-five years he became active in the management of his father's business and soon his own business. His father William died in 1895 and his landed estate was divided among his four surviving children and the heirs of a deceased son. The commissioners made it possible that Solomon became the owner of his birthplace and the seat on the porch became his own property.
In March 1902 he was married to Mrs. Margaret Terry Neubauer and to the were born two children Wm. Clay and Catherine, who with his widow survive him and who today have the sympathy of their host of friends on this day of mourning.
With somewhat curtailed responsibilities since the death of his father in 1895 and since his marriage in 1902 he has devoted much of his time to his family but always energetic and industrious in the prosecution of his business until declining years slowed his energies, since which time he could not do so much with his hands but his mind was ever alert and active. He was generous to his fellow man, not an active worker in the church yet few churches have been built in this community in which Uncle Sol was not a contributor, the memory of these kindly acts and similar kind and generous assistance to private individuals will live after him. He has in late years paid great attention to the education of his children, trying to do all that was necessary to fit them for lives of usefulness.
His life tenure of four score and one is ended, naked he came into world in 1842, in 1924 he leaves the scenes of life's activities taking nothing with him except the garments in which he is to enter the silent portals of the tomb, but he leaves many things behind him worthy of the emulation of the generation which is to follow. Seasoned to that manner of life of industry which he has led, he was not a highly polished gem such as would be found in other avenues of life, but he was endowed with sterling honesty which is more to be prized than polished diamonds and precious stones. One who has known him and much of his life work can say that those who knew him most intimately were his staunchest friends, and will miss many of the kindly deeds that adorned his life, and which will be appreciated more after his departure as the years roll by, he was a farmer personally and not by proxy, no trips to the milder climes to avoid the rigors of the northern winter, no pilgrimage to the northern lakes to avoid the torrid rays of a summer's sun were his, but since the days his young hands found something to do, Solomon has been continuously on the job, and now at the time of his departure we will all miss him, as we pass the stone walled premises he will be missed from the place that has known his presence for so many years. Today we lay him to rest in the sleeping place of the dead to the future care of which he has lately contributed so liberally, near the resting place of the fathers and grandfathers of the Yokems, overlooking the Mississippi valley which has been the scene of his life's activities. And as we say farewell to our departed friend let us reflect on the beautiful lines of Alfred Tennyson, Crossing the Bar
"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."
Prepared by I. D. Webster, his life long neighbor and read at his funeral by Rev. Homer Brown.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Weekly Messenger, Wednesday, April 2, 1924 (from the Harman House Museum)

SOLOMON OTIS YOKEM , 75, died at his home southeast of Pleasant Hill at 2:30 Sunday morning. He had been ill for several months. Mr. Yoken was born in Ross township, Dec. 19, 1886, a son of Henry and Hattie Weaver Yokem. He attended the Christian church. He was married to Della Jennings Nov. 20, 1928.Surviving are his widow, and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in Coultas funeral home in Pleasant Hill at 2, Tues. afternoon, May 12, 1962, with the Rev.Robert Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.

SOLOMON YOKEM , eldest son of William H. and Jennie Thompson Yokem, was born near Rockport, Illinois, on November 26, 1900. He grew to young manhood on the farm where his pioneering ancestors had settled near Atlas and attended the grade schools of Pike county and high school at Rockport, Illinois and Louisiana, Missouri, where he graduated in 1919. After taking a course a Gem City Business College he accepted a position in St. Louis, where he worked for a while. In 1925 he was married to Miss Mabel Cordevant to which union two children were born, a daughter, Mary Louise and a son, James William Yokem. He settled in Pleasant Hill, where he built a home and lived for several years. When the present war broke out he became anxious to do his bit in a war plant, so he obtained employment in a steel treating plant. He was stricken ill with pneumonia on February 2 and when the seriousness of his condition was realized he was take to Bethany hospital where everything known to medical science was done to save his life and after an illness of 22 days his weakened heart could no longer stand the strain. He passed away February 24, 1945 at the age of 44 years, 2 months and 28 days. His father, William H. Yokem and a sister, Mrs. William Pfrimmer having preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Mabel Yokem, daughter, Mary Louise, son, James, his mother Mrs. Jennie Yokem, sisters, Mrs. Paul Nichols and Mrs. Wm. Payne, Jr., and a brother, Henry Yokem, all residents of Pike County. Besides nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a kind and loving husband, a good father and a dutiful son. Even during the most critical period of his illness his thoughts were not of self but of the comforts of his loved ones. An honest and upright citizen his loss is keenly felt by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Tuesday afternoon, February 27, by Eld. Wm. T. Guthrie. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

VELMA VIOLA (GUTHRIE) YOKEM , 91, formerly of Pleasant Hill where she and her husband operated Yokem Feed Store for many years, died at 1:10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20, 1995) in the Jerseyville Health Care Center. Born Dec. 19, 1903, in Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Yokem was a daughter of Neal and Cora Buchanan Guthrie. She married Guy B. Yokem on July 29, 1922, in Pleasant Hill. He died July 31, 1972. A graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, she was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a Gold Star Mother. She enjoyed fishing and cooking. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Taylor of Effingham; three brothers, Orville, Burdette and Ernest Guthrie, all of Pleasant Hill, a sister, Freda Looper of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Yokem was preceded in death by two sons, Edwin E. “Chuck” Yokem and Dean Yokem; four brothers, Dan, Arnold, Cleo and Neal Guthrie Jr.; and two sisters, Esther Smith and Alta Walker. Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. Greg Carr. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

LYNDLE A. YORK , 70, of Negaunee, Mich., died Sept. 22, 1981 at Ishpeming Mich. Hospital. Born near Milton, he was a son of Edwin A. and Martha M. Perry York. He married Evelyn Kern, May 11, 1934. She and an infant son died June 18, 1936. He later married Irene Noredack in Detroit, Mich. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs Betty Phillips of Ishpeming, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs Ruth Colvin of Milton, and one brother, Theodore York of Detroit, Mich. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, his parents, one brother and one sister. Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Terola Funeral Home, Negaunee. [Michigan Death Records show Lyndle's birth as 29 Mar 1911.vgb]
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LAWRENCE P. YOUNG , age 63, of Pittsfield, Ill. died 3:30 a.m. Thursday (August 12, 2004) at the Kepley House in Pittsfield, Ill. where he was a resident. He was born January 19, 1941 in Kinderhook, Ill. son of the late Dallas and Lena Mae Badgley Young, Sr. Surviving are three sisters, Mary Brown of Barry, Ill., Bettie Smith of Bloomington, Il., and Shirley Streeter of Pittsfield, Il.; two brothers, Charles Young and Joan of Pittsfield, Il., and Gene Young of Quincy, Il.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Lelah Goodyear, Virginia Van Vleet, Barbara Hamm, and twins Marguerite and Marjorie Young; and two brothers, Dallas Young, Jr. and James Young. Mr. Young was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield, Ill. Larry participated in the Special Olympics where he medaled in softball, bowling, and walking. He worked at the Pike County Work Activity Center as well as the Green Acres Motel in Pittsfield, Ill. and enjoyed fishing, family, friends and travel. He was a avid baseball fan and loved both the Cardinals and the Cubs and he also loved music and was a member of the Kepley House Bell Ringers. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday (August 16, 2004) at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Ill. with Pastor Jerry Edison officiating. Burial will be in Parklawn Cemetery in Barry, Ill.

MARY ELLEN (STEARNS) YOUNG , 79, of Barry, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in her home. She was born April 14, 1929, near Barry, to Charles F. and Amy (Johnson) Stearns. They preceded her in death. She married Karl Eugene Young, Nov. 4, 1946, in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death June 1, 2004. She is survived by one son, Steve Young, and his wife, Kathy, of Barry and four daughters, Linda Young, Karen Sue Young, Carolyn Richards and Sandy Young, all of Barry. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Stanley Young and Mike Young and one brother in infancy. Mary Ellen enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her grandkids. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Nazarene Church in Barry. Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Nazarene Church in Barry. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry. Memorials are suggested to the Nazarene Church of Barry.
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STANLEY C. YOUNG , 42, of Barry, a supervisor at Trinity Industries in Quincy, died Sunday (May 9, 1993) in his home. Born Jan. 5, 1951, in Hannibal, Mo., Mr. Young was a son of Karl and Mary Ellen Stearns Young. He was a member of Barry Naz­arene Church. On April 2, 1988, he married Lynda Snyder in Maywood, Mo. She survives. Survivors also include his parrents; a grandmother, Peg Weddington of Barry; a son, Stanley C. Young Jr. of Hillview; a step­daughter, Michelle Allison of Quincy; two brothers, Steve of Barry and Michael of Hannibal; and four sisters, Linda, Sue and Sandy Young and Carolyn Rich­ards, all of Barry. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Barry Naz­arene Church. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry.Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry.
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ROBERT W. YOUNG , 61, of Pittsfield, died Monday Sept. 1, 2008, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was born May 4, 1947 in Missouri to Mary Toots. Mrs. Young served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was an assembler for Dura Automotive. He enjoyed working on cars, camping, fishing, bowling, playing pool, and woodworking. He is survived by hismother in law, Wilma Stone of Chesterfield, his fiance, Kay Wallace of Pittsfield, a son, Robert Young; a step-son, Ryan Wallace of Galesburg; three daughters, Tracy, Tonya and Tera Young; four stepdaughters, Mandy (Jeremy) Gallagher of Galesburg, Nancy McDowell of Pittsfield, Debra (Wesley) DeJaynes of Pittsfield and Diane (Randy) DeJaynes of Baylis; two brother-in-laws, Donald Hill of Chesterfield and Harold House of Greenfield; grandparents, Barb and Melvin Williams of Pittsfield, along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren. he was preceded in death by his parents and a grandaughter. Graves services held Sept. 4, at West Cemetery, Pittsfield with Rev. Quentin Beard oficiating.
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WANDA (CRANE) YOUNG , 70, of Wilsonville, died Thursday morning, Sept. 6, 2012 at her home. Wanda was bom Jan. 4, 1942 in Hannibal, Mo., a daughter of Fred Lee and Mary Opal "Betty" Crane Miller. She had been employed by Motorola in Quincy and had also owned and operated the Dairy Queen in Louisiana, Mo. More recently she was employed by Stark Brothers Nursery in Louisiana, Mo. as the mailroom supervisor. Wanda truly enjoyed and cherished the time she spent with her family. Survivors include a son, Robert (wife Viola) Young of Wilsonville, a daughter, Pamela (husband Dennis) Watts of Summerfield, nine grandchildren, Jackie Willman, Ryan Fritz, Isaiah Young, Austin Young, Parker Young, Austin Watts, Vaden Watts, Benjamin Watts and Chris Williams, 10 great-grandchildren, a brother. Bill Miller of Nebo and numerous nieces and nephews. Wanda was preceded in death by her grandmother, Ruth Crane, her parents, Fred Lee and Mary Opal "Betty" Crane Miller, three brothers, Kenneth, Richard and Bob Chitwood and by a sister, Jo Ann Elledge. Funeral services were held Sunday Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Nina Crockett. Burial followed at the Nebo Cemstey.
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