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Robert O. Yerington, 79, formerly of Neosho, Mo., passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017. He was born January 20, 1938, in Platt City, Mo., to Lee Dell and Isabel (Wilkins) Yerington.
Robert married Kendra Kaye (Porter) Yerington October 17, 1959, in Anderson, Mo. She preceded Robert in death on June 23, 2015.
Robert served as a pilot in the US Air Force. He worked for Rocketdyne/ Teledyne, retired as purchasing manager for Vickers, and then became a licensed real estate agent. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joplin Ward. Robert enjoyed music, outdoor activities, coached youth sports, and was a former president of the Tri-State Kennel Club.
Surviving family include six children: Kimberly Kaye and Mike Douthitt, Broken Arrow, Okla., Jana Janae and Bruce Hawkins, Debra Dawn and Chad Prater, Robert Shaun and Melissa Yerington, all of Joplin, Lee Shannon and Melissa Yerington, of Neosho, and Dennis Shane and Tracy Yerington, Joplin; 23 grandchildren; 26 greatgrandchildren; and brother, Lee Yerington, Kansas City, Mo. In addition to his wife and parents, Robert was preceded in death by one sister, Marcia Hatfield.
Funeral services will be held 10 am, Thursday, December 7, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2107 Indiana Avenue, Joplin, MO, with Bishop Russ Kemp officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Hazel Green Cemetery, Boulder City. The family will receive friends 6 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, at Clark Funeral Home.
Contributions, in Robert's honor, may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on December 3, 2017
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