Robert Yates

  • Born: November 9, 1928
  • Died: August 22, 2019
  • Location: Bay Village, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Tel. (440) 933-3202

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Friend

Robert M. "Bob" Yates of Avon Lake passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 surrounded by his loving family and caregivers. He was born November 9, 1928 to parents Cecil and Elise Yates in Trenton, TN. He never forgot his Tennessee roots.

Bob enjoyed his 90 years of life to the fullest and shared his bright smile with everyone around him. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He started exploring other cultures when he joined the International Volunteer Services, which took him to Iraq and Vietnam. His adventures continued as he traveled extensively with his wife, his brother Luther and Luther's wife Kay, making trips to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Greece. Bob loved history, international languages and his heritage – and he loved talking to friends and to strangers, who often became his friends. His desire to learn and share his knowledge with others never stopped.

He found strength in his faith and was an active member of the congregation at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village. He belonged to the Bay Village American Legion and was recently honored for 30 years of membership. He and his wife wintered in Indians Rock Beach, Florida over the last 15 years, where they made many friends, were involved in their church and enjoyed the sunshine and beaches.

Bob is survived by the love of his life, his wife Dorothy (nee Atchison) of 60 years; his loving children Mary Jane (Dave) and Cecil (Nancy); and his four cherished grandchildren who made him so proud, Julie, Matt, Sophia and Mason; his brother Archer (Hilda) and many loving nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his brother Luther (Kay) and his sister Florence.

The family will welcome friends to share happy memories of Bob, who was nicknamed "Papasan," on Monday, August 26th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm for a visitation at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 163 AVON BELDEN RD., AVON LAKE, OH. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, August 27th at 11:00am at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 468 Bradley Road, Bay Village, OH 44140. 440-933-3202.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dorothy, I'm sorry to hear of Bob's passing. You and he were good neighbors at Lakeview of Largo. My condolence to you. Grace Berardi - Oleander Building.

Posted by Grace Berardi - Largo, FL - Friend   September 09, 2019

I met and had extended conversations with Bob several times during recent Thanksgiving gatherings held at the home of Ellen Toth. Our discussions, which encompassed everything from 1940s and later historical events to the dismal state of present-day national politics [in which we were in total accord], were absolutely fascinating. The hours we talked just seemed to fly by. I will truly miss this truly wonderful and caring man.

Posted by Robert Galganski - Buffalo, NY - Acquaintance   August 26, 2019


"Dear Dorothy: Bill and I are saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We will keep you in our prayers." We had lots of fun with you and Bob at Lakeview of Largo. God Bless Bob with heavenly joy.

Posted by Claire Spina-Kelly - Rochester, NY - Friend   August 24, 2019

Enjoyed the years we had at LOLS . Rest in peace Bob.

Posted by Bob and Kay Mitchell - Ottawa - Friend   August 23, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Dorothy and family.
Sam & Anne Meli ( Florida friends from LLS)

Posted by Sam Meli - Fort erie,ontario - Acquaintance   August 23, 2019


Dear Dorothy: Nick and I are saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We will keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Nick and Angela Chiavetta - Largo, FL - Friend   August 23, 2019

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