James H. Yoke

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James Henry Yoke

Inventor, writer, builder, father of four, grandfather of eight, and husband of 61 years, died Thursday March 6, 2014 in Greenwood, IN.

He was born to Clarence and Ruth Yoke on November 11, 1925 in Acton, IN as the third of five children. James graduated from Clark High School in Johnson County, IN before serving in Patton's Third Army as a WWII infantryman. He attended Purdue University for four years and later earned his Professional Engineers license. In 1953 he married Margaret Louise Martin and together they raised a family on the same ancestral property where James was born.

James was a true Renaissance man and one of nature's natural engineers; he was happiest with his tools and his workshop. He was a magician with a welder, or a set of socket wrenches or wood chisels. By the end of his life he held several patents, though his greatest creation was the home he designed and largely self-built for his family. The work of his life, this substantial Greek Revival home has marble floors, a library, salvaged mahogany, walnut, and birds-eye maple doors, a flat roof, a spacious covered patio with goldfish pond, an eight column frontal facade, and cast window lintels with bas relief ox yoke designs, as well as Greek-relief cornices.

He authored two books, and was passionate about classical music, architecture, beauty, and politics. James was a member of MENSA, the chair of Acton United Methodist church's building committee (in charge of building the beautiful sanctuary), and a great reader of books.

James is survived by his wife, Margaret and four children, Mary Yoke of Bloomington, Tom Yoke of Richmond, VA, Jonathan Yoke of Olympia , WA, and Benjamin Yoke of Asheville, NC. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 15th, at 2:00 PM at Greenwood Village South Retirement Center. Any contributions to the would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood.

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Greenwood Chapel
481 West Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46142
(317) 881-2514
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 9, 2014
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