Yeomans, Robert Perry
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Robert Perry Yeomans was born on January 30, 1919, to Nathaniel Tracy and Edna Perry Yeomans in Evanston, IL. He and his siblings, Charles and David, spent their childhood, in Watertown, WI. Bob delivered newspapers when he was young, and he remembered the day in 1927 when the headlines told of Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight to Paris.
Bob earned his college degree at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he met the love of his life, Charlotte Adams. After graduating in 1941, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. On March 7, 1942, Bob married Charlotte, and three weeks later, he left to fight the war in the South Pacific. They didn't see each other again until his brief furlough nearly 3 years later.
Bob was an Artillery Officer and participated in landings in Guam and Okinawa. When the war ended in 1945, he was discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In the ensuing years, Bob and Charlotte made their home in many places. Bob attended Harvard Law School, where their first child, Elizabeth, was born. He began practicing law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where their two sons, Bob Jr. and Geoff, were born. He joined the Trane Company in La Crosse, WI in 1956. When he was promoted to International VP, he moved his family to Epinal, France for two years. Those years for the family, according to Charlotte, were "years well spent in travel, learning a new language, and being immersed in a completely different culture." In 1967 Bob joined AC Nielsen Co. as General Counsel, and the Yeomans family took up residence in Winnetka, Illinois.
Upon retirement in 1983, Bob and Charlotte built a home overlooking Death's Door Passage in Door County. Referring to this property, Bob wrote "We're keen on our natural surroundings and wish to disturb them as little as possible and blend in to the maximum." He was eventually responsible for creating a Land Trust to preserve these natural surroundings. He also was involved with "The Friends of the Clearing" in Ellison Bay. According to Tim Stone, the former Board of Directors' President, "Bob was an absolute cornerstone" in helping The Clearing gain stability and independence. Bob and Charlotte were active members of the Ephraim Moravian Church.
In 2004, Bob and Charlotte moved into the Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Charlotte died in 2010. Bob passed away in his sleep on Monday, June 2. His son, Geoff, read the Lindbergh Biography to Bob the night before he died.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth, Bob Jr. (Belinda), Geoff (Bruce); his grandchildren, Carrie (Darin), Ali, and Charlie; his great-granddaughters, Catherine and Mia; and a host of friends.
A Service of Celebration will be held at the Ephraim Moravian Church next month, July 24, 10 a.m. at the Ephraim Moravian Church. The family of Bob Yeomans would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Scandia Village for their excellent care of Bob. Please make any donations in his memory to Scandia.
Casperson Funeral Home
10708 North Bay Shore Drive
Sister Bay, WI 54234
Published in Door County Advocate on June 7, 2014