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Gary Lowell Yattaw
April 17, 1955 - September 20, 2018
He was an Electronic Warfare technician and Vietnam-era veteran in the United States Navy. He worked for GTE Telephone Operations beginning on July 9, 1979, retiring from Verizon Communications on December 31, 2015.
Married to his first wife Joan Zagorski (Merriman) they had two wonderful children, Alexis Marya Wyman (Matt) and Gabriel (Gabe) Lowell Yattaw (Sybraina.) Married to Barb Yattaw, he took on the responsibility of Dad to two more wonderful children, daughters Emily Grace Good and Sarah Jane Good.
Gary was a history buff and especially loved The Civil War, traveling to Gettysburg numerous times and visiting most of the Civil War battle sites; he also loved going to Madison, Corydon and Metamora, Indiana, telling everyone within earshot the history of those towns (over and over again whether they wanted to hear it or not, he didn't care he loved sharing the stories.)
Gary had many names he went by, to his close buddies he was Larry or Lar; he was Dad to his children, his stepchildren called him Smeeks and Freddie; grandchildren called him Grandpa and Bop. His friends and I called him many names, some of which can't be published.
He was there for the birth of all of his grandchildren - Rex Wyman, Lyla Wyman, Claire Wyman, Jasmine Ceba, and Evelyn Yattaw. He was blessed with one more granddaughter, Gracie Addison, when God sent his son her mom Sybraina. He was truly blessed and thoroughly adored all the kids. He was especially proud to be Dad, Grandpa and Bop.
Gary enjoyed fishing with his buddy Rocky Baker and golfing with his buddies, who have all preceded him in death, Rocky Bushong, Dean Gimple and J.D. Smith. He loved golfing with his buddy Mark Gutshall where they were once told by the group of women playing behind them, "You can play badly or you can play slowly, but you can't do both."
Gary was lucky to have had many friends which included many lifelong friends. Special friend, Thomas K. Watson was always there for him. They could get in trouble just sitting in the garage. I'm pretty sure they improvised and used a beer can inside our furnace to collect water from a drip. His special Colts and Cubs buddy, John Grimes, texting during those games became quite exuberant at times and I'm sure words were typed more than once that would make a sailor blush!
He belonged to Amvets Post #26 in Pendleton, Indiana and to the American Legion, Post 212, in Lapel, Indiana.
Childhood friends, Jeff Andrews (Larry), Mike DeWitt (Larry) and Dottie (lovingly known to him as Clarabelle), Chip Schaefer (Larry), Denny Brandle aka Damnit Denny; the Mahaffey Tag Team - Pam and Cheryl Mahaffey; Danny and Angie Sweet; Shawn and Rocky Bushong, Carla and Dean (Deano) Gimple; Curtis Jarrett; Gary and Terri Whistler. I have heard many a story about all! I'm sure I have left out more than one of his friends, rest assured he loved you all!
He is survived by me, his wife, Barb; sisters, Sheila Schafer (Jay), Debbie Yattaw and brother, Roger Yattaw (Cheryl); his four children and six grandchildren. Uncle Ronnie (Rachael), Aunts Rosemary and Sharon; sister-in-law, Karen King, brother-in-law, John Waldschmidt (Suzanne); mother-in-law, Mary Waldschmidt; many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention his beloved dog, Wilson and not so beloved, yet loyal, dog Lexi who he affectionately called Pooper.
A memorial service presided over by Pastor Ryan Kellam, will be held at Pendleton Community Church of God, 636 East Water Street, Pendleton, Indiana 46064, at 11:00 on Saturday, October 6th 2018. A lunch will be served afterwards for anyone who would like to stay and remember Gary with his family and friends.
in memory of Gary
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Saturday October 06, 2018
Pendleton Community Church of God
636 East Water Street, Pendleton, IN, USA
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