David James Yates “Old Crow” peacefully passed away on February 22, 2023. Born on February 15, 1930, and was named by his Great-Aunt Sister Mary Herman.
David had many accolades, among those were Golden Gloves Champion Boxer, Criminal Investigator, Geauga County Deputy Sheriff and ran for Sheriff against his longtime friend and Boss, Louie Robusky. Loved his gardens and inventions. One of his greatest joys was the annual family camping trip to White Fish Falls in Quebec. He had fond memories of all his trips with his good friends and son-in-law, George. They ventured Newfoundland, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia and so many great-outdoor places for the Big Game Hunts and Fishing. He even worked on a Fishing Boat in Alaska bringing the Fresh Catch Experience to Geauga County. He ran Yates Electric (Local #38) on Yates Corners where he and daughter Carey had a few business ventures. Longtime family owned & operated Geauga Septic Service Inc. where the children got their first excellent customer service experience. He was a great man who will be greatly missed.
Survived by his sister Gloria Kniss. Daughters Lynne (Michael, Erik David & Nathaniel Edward). Carey (George) Lanesky, Linda (Skip), Wally, Danny, Chris and Pat, and many terrific nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.
David is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Barbara Strasser, Father David Edward Yates, Sisters Laverne Yuranko & Mercedes Mayher, wife Virginia Lee Flannery & son Marcus Flannery Yates
Family will receive friends on from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at St. Helens Catholic Church, 12060 Kinsman Rd, Newbury, OH, 44065. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. The burial will take place immediately following services at Shady Side Cemetery in Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 or go to www.hospicewr.org. They would like to say thank you to all the staff at UH Geauga Campus for their loving care.
Arrangements made by the Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chardon, Ohio. Information and condolences on-line at www.burrservice.com.