Wallace R. "Wally" Yakey
90, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014 following several years of congestive heart disease and pulmonary problems. He was born August 17, 1923 to the late Laurel C. and Faye Yakey and lived in the Indianapolis area his entire life. Wally graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1941 and Indiana University in 1947. He joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served with the Third Division on Guam. Upon entering the service he was sent to the University of Notre Dame for one year where he participated in the Marine Corps' V-12 program. At IU he was in the Gold Circle of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was a member of the Emeritus Club. At the end of WW II in 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was recalled to the Marine Corps in 1951 and served as an infantry officer on the 41st parallel. He also served as a Liason Officer in the 1st Marine Division and lived with the South Koreans on the Marine East Flank for one month. Again, he was honorably discharged from the Corps in 1953.
Wally personified the Marine Corps motto, "Once a Marine always a Marine". He was a life member of the Marine Corps League, 1st and 3rd Divisions and the Marine Corps Association. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and a former deacon of Northminister Presbyterian Church. Additional memberships included Retired Executives of Indianapolis, Robert Kennington Legion Post (Broad Ripple), Junto of Indianapolis since 1977, Highland Golf & Country Club, Country Club of Indianapolis, and Old Oakland Golf Club.
Wally was self-employed as the owner of Y & B Industrial Paint and Decorating Company, specializing in industrial and commercial painting for 37 years. He served as past-president of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, Indianapolis Chapter. He retired in 1984. After his retirement he continued to be active in the Indianapolis community by volunteering as a driver for the American Red Cross for two years. He loved golf and volunteered as a driver for several professional golf tournaments in Indianapolis. In 1984 and 1985 he was recruited to be the "Caddie Master" for the L.P.G.A. Women's Mayflower Tournament held at the Country Club of Indianapolis.
A very rewarding experience for Wally was the twenty plus years he volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital earning a 2000 hour service pin. He "worked" in Ambulatory Surgery and Surgery Waiting and made many good friends. He also volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
He was married to Wilma L. Yakey for 45 years and she survives him. A previous marriage produced three children: Wallace R. (Ace) Yakey, Jr. (Beth), Indianapolis; Debora K. Landers (Brent), Greenfield; Stephanie F. Limpus (David), Greenfield, and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel , 740 E. 86th St., with the funeral service immediately following at 1:00 p.m. in the mortuary, with military burial rites honored. Burial will be held in Washington Park East.
Wally would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Fry and Dr. Fogel for the excellent care he received these past years.
You are invited to visit the website http://www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Wally or sign the guestbook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund http://www.mcsf.org, or to the
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