Francis Yates

Francis Yates, 74

Beloved Father and Grandfather

Francis Yates, 74, of Fowler, died at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012, at his residence.

He was born February 14, 1938, at the home of his late parents Ray O. and Blanche (Baron) Yates. Francis was a graduate of Remington High School and was involved with the National Guard. Francis was married to Noreen (Kheul) Yates in 1974. In 2001, she preceded him in death.

In 1982, he began a partnership with Larry Wirtz. Francis was the owner and president of Wirtz & Yates Construction for over 20 years.

Throughout his life, Francis was a resident of Kentland, Monticello and Sheldon, Ill. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, boating and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge 1791 in Watseka, Ill.

Surviving Francis are sons, Rick Yates (wife: Michelle) and Trent Yates; grandchildren, Ricky, Dustin, Ashley and Dylan Yates; great-grandchildren, Colin, Addison and Jaedyn Yates; and sister, Pat Lovell, of Kankakee

Along with his parents and wife, Francis was preceded in death by a son, Terry Yates; five brothers; and a sister.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. CST, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. CST on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland; Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment will follow at L'Erable Catholic Cemetery in Ashkum, Ill.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the .

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Published in the Journal & Courier on Dec. 11, 2012