ALLEGANY - Thomas R. Yehl, of 3110 Five Mile Road, passed away Friday (Feb. 14, 2014) at his home after a brief illness.
Born on Aug. 22, 1930, in Allegany, he was a son of Arthur J. and Annie M. Welsh Yehl. On May 8, 1954, he married Dorothy J. Wilson, who predeceased him Feb. 25, 2008.
Mr. Yehl was a 1948 graduate of Allegany Central School. He joined the National Guard in November 1947, then joined the U.S. Navy
in September 1948 and was stationed on the U.S.S. Haynsworth and the U.S.S. Coral Sea as an electrician apprentice. He was honorably discharged in 1952. He worked in the construction business as a member of the Operating Engineers Union. He also worked on his beloved farm.
He was a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Olean Lodge 491 and the Allegany Fire Department and was a life member of Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892.
Surviving are his children, James (Shirley) Yehl of Ledyard, Conn., Philip Yehl of Allegany, Charles (Debra) Yehl of Allegany, Gregory (Karen) Yehl of Sanborn, Ind., and Nancy Yehl of Allegany; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; a sister, Anna Mae Wenzel of Allegany; a brother, Arthur (Marian) Yehl of Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Marion Atcheson; and three brothers, Robert "Stub" Yehl, Emil "Pete" Yehl and Joseph Yehl.
Friends were received Monday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services were held Tuesday (Feb. 18, 2014) in the funeral home. The Rev. Gerald Piper, pastor of the Knapp Creek United Methodist Church, officiateed. Burial will be next to his wife in Mount View Cemetery Veterans Field of Honor.
Memorials may be made to the Allegany Fire Department.
Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.