Herman "Herm" Yates passed away November 23, 2016, just 12 days after celebrating his 95th birthday with a party at Twin Creeks Retirement Community. He was born in southern Illinois and was one of nine children. His eight siblings all preceded him in death.
Shortly after marrying the love of his life, Carole, the United States Army called and away he sailed to Scotland aboard the Queen Mary. While serving his country with distinction during World War II as a radio operator and French-language interpreter, Herm was wounded, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
During his civilian career, Herm was an engineer in the aerospace program, writing technical manuals for government contracts. He was sent to Germany twice to work on those contracts. Carole wasn't sure she would be able to fly over there until she took a "Fear of Flying" course and was very glad she did because they had some wonderful experiences traipsing all over Europe.
Herm loved playing all manner of card games, golfing, listening to classical music, working the daily crossword puzzles, and being a member of the Medford Moose Lodge and the Purple Heart Society.
Herman will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 74 years, Carole; his daughter, Diane (Paul) Stark of Central Point, Ore.; his son, Alan Yates of Baldwin Park, Calif.; his loving granddaughters, Joni Larned, Lori Pickett, Lisa Busch, and Michelle Sweem; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and his faithful dog, Jacque.
Many thanks to all of our caregivers and Asante Hospice and the wonderful staff at Twin Creeks Retirement Community. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the USO or Asante Hospice.