Edgar Herman Yeakly

Funeral services for Edgar Herman Yeakly, 78, Lawrence, will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery.

Mr. Yeakly died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Bridge Haven in Lawrence.

He was born January 27, 1939, in Strong City, Kansas, the son of Kenneth Elijah and Mary Elizabeth Hartig Yeakly.   He graduated from high school in Americus, Kansas.

Mr. Yeakly started his career in the United States Army in November 1961.  He served in Vietnam with the 1011th Supply & Service Company out of Independence and Emporia, Kansas from September 1968 to August 1969.  He rejoined the U.S. Army Reserves in February 1974 and retired in December of 1996, having attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major.  He worked at the University of Kansas Student Housing Maintenance as a carpenter supervisor, retiring in 2002.

He enjoyed golfing including participating in a senior league, attending a morning coffee group, and going to Kansas State University football and basketball games.

He married Esther Marie Larsen May 29, 1960 in Americus, Kansas.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include son, Steven Yeakly of Lawrence; daughter, Kathy Reeves and husband Matt of Dallas, Georgia; sisters, Rose Marsh of Lawrence, Pauline Barnes and husband Ted of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and grandson, Milo Reeves of Dallas, Georgia.

A daughter, Laurie Ann Yeakly, preceded him in death.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, sent in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Lori and Len Carr...

I’m am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you will find comfort in your memories and knowing that we will be reunited with our loved ones again. I did not have the privilege of knowing him
but knowing his daughter I’m certain he had a compassionate heart and he will live on in his children.

From Pam Wagner...

Esther & Steven – So sorry to hear about your loss. I remember you always talking about your fun trips to the K-State games. Thoughts and prayers.

From Joe and Rea Madden...

Joe and I (Rea) served with Edgar in the 1011th in Independence, Ks. He was a wonderful person and was always there to help anyone that needed it. Joe and I feel honored to have served with Edgar and to have him as a friend. I know where he is and who he is with, Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Esther you and all the children are in our prayers.

From Karen Ledbetter...

Esther & Family –
I truly enjoyed getting to know Edgar and your family during my weekly visits to see mom at Bridge Haven. I will miss his smile and laugh for sure. May God bless you!

From Curtis A. Hammond...

Sgt. Yeakly. You will always stand tall in my memory.

From Charles Barr...

Esther, Steven, Kathy and Family,
Our good friend Kathy Gales, widow of SGM Larry Gales who Edgar served with in Vietnam in the 1011th, called me tonight, 4 Dec, and informed me of the sad news of Edgar’s death. Edgar was our Command Sergeant Major of the 821st Transportation Battalion, USAR, in Topeka, KS. I was selected to command the 821st in June 1989 and CSM Yeakly was one of the first Soldiers in the battalion that I met. I liked him immediately upon meeting him just because he made me feel so welcome in my new unit. Edgar “took me under his wing” just like a good senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) is supposed to do. During the first two months of my command tenure, Edgar and I went on the road and visited our subordinate truck transportation units in Omaha, Salina, Osage City, and Emporia. He showed me how to get to each of the units and introduced me to each truck company’s senior leadership, including the company first sergeants, commanders and other key leaders. On several occasions, Edgar would tell me, “it is better to ask for forgiveness than to seek permission” when a timely decision had to be made. Another of his often-repeated sayings was, “Don’t worry about a wrong decision, sir. Nobody will remember it a hundred years from now”. I always held Edgar in high regard because of his many years of Army service including a combat tour in Vietnam while serving with the 1011th Supply and Services Company. I was fortunate to command the 821st Transportation Battalion for 2 1/2 years during which Edgar remained the CSM and my right-hand man. I always considered Edgar my mentor in the battalion and held him in such high regard. I cannot recall a time during that command tour where Edgar ever let me down. Edgar was steadfast and loyal to our Soldiers, our subordinate truck companies, our battalion HQ and to me. Edgar led by example and never expected Soldiers to live in worse conditions in the field than how we lived in the field. He did not flaunt his senior rank but was highly respected for what he had earned and achieved. I never heard any ill will voiced about CSM Edgar H. Yeakly. I, too, loved that laugh of Edgar’s. I will never forget Edgar Yeakly. He was one-of-a-kind and a great American and true patriot. Edgar was a hard worker and honest to the core. You are fortunate to have had him as your husband/father/grandfather and I am fortunate to have had him as my Command Sergeant Major. Welcome home, Soldier, and thank you for your service. We will meet again.

May Edgar rest in peace in the God’s eternal kingdom, saved by his belief in our savior Jesus Christ.

From Elisha Turman...

Kathy and family I am so very sorry for your loss hearnom earth. May God give you peace and strength during this tough time. Much love to you my special friend! Countiued prayers!

From Pam Toney...

Kathy, my heart goes out to you and your family. Continued prayers are being lifted up. May God Bless each of you by instilling all the great memories in your hearts and minds.

From Val Vodenicharov...

Kathy,
I am so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. May you and your family find comfort in this time of grief.

From Kim Martin...

Kathy you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts during this most difficult time. Your memories will carry you through your lifetime and each day is a day closer to being reunited again.

From Jane Lathem...

Kathy, you and your family will be in our prayers. I am so sorry for your loss but am thankful for the assurance that you will see your dad again “when we all get to heaven”!

From June Ganes...

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May the happy memories you’ve made get you through this difficult time.

From Cathie Parrish...

I am sorry for your families loss. Praying for peace and comfort.

From Peggy and Ed White...

What a joy it has been to get to know Edgar and you, his family, while he has been at Bridge Haven. I will remember Edgar’s wonderful smile and laugh when anyone greeted him, and the pictures from this past October Fest were so fun! He added much to our Moms and Ed and my lives. We are praying for you often!

From Terry Jacobsen...

Esther, Steven, Kathy, and family. I don’t know how to express my love and appreciation for getting to know Ed. We met as you know drinking coffee at McDonalds in the mornings. From the moment that I met Ed, I was drawn to his laugh and good natured personality. I saw in him many of the things that I admired in my father and I enjoyed the times we spent chatting about life and hearing about his experiences. I am grateful that God allowed me to know Ed. My heart aches with you at his loss, but at the same time, overflows with gratitude for who he was and how blessed I am to have known him. His laugh comes to my mind often, and it makes me smile.

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