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|Orvin Dale Yeoman
November 19, 1917–February 6, 2013
|Orvin Dale Yeoman, age 95, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning, February 6, 2013, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services, with military honors, were held at 11:00 a.m. on February 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, Monticello. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello.
Orvin was born November 19, 1917 at Hardy, Iowa, the second son of William and Edna (Smith) Yeoman. The Yeoman family moved to Monticello in the mid 1920s, where Orvin attended community schools. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1936 and attended Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls.
On July 22, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. During World War II, he served as a Naval Hospital Corpsman, rising to the rank of chief petty officer, and served with the United States Marine Corps. His duty stations included Pearl Harbor, HI; the Palmyra and Marshall Islands in the South Pacific; and the National Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. While stationed at Bethesda, Orvin and two others were accidentally exposed to the polio virus and received the first polio vaccine.
Orvin and Eleanor Stewart were united in marriage on August 27, 1944 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cascade. Orvin and Eleanor returned to Monticello in 1947, when he joined Yeoman and Company, founded in 1929 by his father. He retired as a co-owner and production manager in 1990.
Orvin was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Burns Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He served as scout master for Troop 66 in Monticello and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor bestowed on an adult volunteer by the Boy Scouts of America. Orvin was an avid reader particularly stories of the old west, and was a member of the Monticello Golf Club for many years.
Surviving are three children, Susan DeVito of Smithfield, VA; Amy (George) Jepson of Kalamazoo, MI; and Tom (Diane) Yeoman of Monticello; five grandchildren, John Yeoman, Hans (Theresa) Peterson, George A. (Lisa) Jepson, Stephan (Kathy) Jepson, and Jane (Jason) Nuzzo; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Roxie Boss of Waterloo.
Orvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor; two brothers, Willard and Harold; two half-brothers, Maynard and George Yeoman; two half-sisters, Loretta Huegerich and Elnora Schons.
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