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William D. Yehle

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Mr. Yehle was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Cleveland and he died at home, surrounded by family, in La Luz, Nov. 1, 2007.
He was the son of John C. (deceased 1986) and Elsie E. (Nelson) Yehle, of Cleveland. He was the loving husband of Lisa, of La Luz; devoted father and grandfather of John (deceased 1972) and Jody Yehle, and Jamie and Josef Garrett, of Denver; exceptional brother to Bob and Cris Yehle, of Barberton, Ohio; and wacky uncle to Michael, Eric and Bill.
Bill served in the Naval Reserves from 1950 to 1951 and in the Army 82nd Airborne from 1951 to 1954 as a staff sergeant and jump instructor at Ft. Benning, Ga.
He held a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of arts in public history from Boise State University. He did post-graduate work at the University of Idaho and Arizona State. In his years as a field archaeologist and cultural resource manager, he surveyed more than 150,000 acres and recorded 71,000 sites in the Great Basin and Columbia Plateau.
Bill retired in 1997 from the BLM, where he served as resource area archaeologist in Klamath Falls, Ore. He went on to serve at White Sands Missile Range as senior archaeologist, where he received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service and re-retired in March 2004.
Bill was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and was active in Disabled American Veterans and the Democratic Party. He was a teacher, mentor, storyteller, dreamer, hard working entrepreneur and "warrior," as noted by the Klamath Tribe.
A service commemorating his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Unitarian Fellowship, 1010 16th St. in Alamogordo.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Literacy Project at White Sands Rotary Club, PO Box 2244, Alamogordo, NM 88311.
Direct cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 2 to Nov. 18, 2007
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