John C. Yeakley

1947 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John C. Yeakley Obituary
John C. Yeakley May 8, 1947 - August 20, 2012 John was born in Baker (City), Oregon, to Harry and Gertrude Yeakley, the eldest of four children. He graduated from Baker High School in 1965, attended the Oregon Institute of Technology, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1967. His Naval career began with his service in the Fighting Seabees attached to MOTU 5 out of Port Hueneme, CA. He was soon deployed to Viet Nam with the Seabees, supporting the Marines in Dong Ha. After Viet Nam, he was commissioned as an ensign in the CEC. During deployment in Japan, in 1971, he met and married Takako Otani. Two children were born to John and Takako, John C. Yeakley, Jr. and Maryann Kozuru Yeakley. The Navy became John's career. He received an Engineering degree from the University of Washington and advanced degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Business from the University of Texas while serving. In 1993, John retired as a Lieutenant Commander after 26 years of honorable service. Settling in Bakersfield, he took employment in Bear Valley, CA, as general manager. He was employed in this position until he became ill in May of this year. John will be remembered for many fine qualities: His integrity, his distinguished service to our nation, his undying patriotism, his management skills, and his intelligence are qualities that immediately come to mind. However, to his family he will be remembered, above all, as a completely devoted provider and protector. He was a family man, first and foremost, and regarded his family as his highest and most honorable commitment. John is survived by his wife of 41 years, Takako; his daughter, Maryann; and his six beloved grandchildren, Clay, Nick, Brandon, Jiro, Nicole, and Alex. He is also survived by his brother, Jim; and his sisters, Mary Ann and Betty Sue. He was preceded in death by his son, John C. Yeakley, Jr. A memorial service for John will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Celebration of Life Center, 2739 Panama Lane. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the . For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Southwest www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 23, 2012
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