J. John Yonke
J. John Yonke

J. John Yonke 85, was the son of John and Mary Yonke, lost his battle with cancer on Monday August 10, 2020. He was a graduate of Red Hook High School. John loved the outdoors and turned his love to a career by working 40 years for the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation. He took great pride in the Wild Turkey Restoration Program which was the release of the first wild turkeys in the region. He was a member of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Exposition Team at sportsmen shows throughout the Northeast and at the NY State Fair which gave him the opportunity to make a lot of friends which came naturally to him. He volunteered, teaching Hunter Safety classes for 45 years which he continued to do after retiring. John was an Eagle Scout and an Assistant Scout Master of his sons troop.

John leaves his wife Joyce, his son Kurt, his daughter Susan and his cousin Marion. He was a loving husband, father and a friend to all. He lived life to the fullest. He will be missed by all that loved and knew him.

A Celebration of John's life will be held on September 10, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Prayer service at 2:30 PM. located at Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie NY 12603

Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from Aug. 20 to Sep. 9, 2020.
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Jane E. Jacoby
August 14, 2021
Thank you for the amazing man you raised. My heart is with the Yonke family. God bless!
Melissa Mohon
September 5, 2020
Worked with John at F&HC for many years. He was bright light in the room, always had a smile on his face and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Glad to have had the opportunity to know him. Condolences to his family.
Sue Shook Artuz
September 2, 2020
John was a joy to work with and to know at the DEC. Always a smile and a cherry word. He will be missed. Jonah Triebwasser, Deputy Regional Attorney (retired), NYSDEC Region 3 New Paltz.
Jonah Triebwasser
September 2, 2020
John was a great mentor to me when I was a young boy. He started me out at 14 years of age turkey hunting when it was still a novelty in New York. Our paths crossed many times in my lifetime and he was always a gentleman and loved to share hunting stories. Prayers, peace and love to Joyce, Kurt and Susan.
Matthew Jacoby
August 29, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Terri Pitcher Jim’s daughter
August 24, 2020
Sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.
Susan Maggiacomo
August 23, 2020
John would stop into the USDA offices in the Farm & Home Center and bring a smile to our faces! His stories, jokes and life experiences were always a welcome part of his visits. Never at a loss for words, we always looked forward to seeing him.
Patrick Cassidy
August 22, 2020
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