Gary Lowell Yattaw

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Gary Lowell Yattaw

April 17, 1955 - September 20, 2018

Gary was the third child of Robert (Bob) Lowell Yattaw and Wanda Mae (Ginder) Yattaw, who both preceded him in death. He was born in Anderson, Indiana and raised in Pendleton. After finally passing freshman English in his senior year, he graduated in 1973 from Pendleton Heights High School and went on to graduate from DeVry University.

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.
Published on September 26, 2018
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17 posts

Martha Priddy
Oct 11, 2018
Barb, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. Gary will be missed
Sue Warren Akers
Oct 10, 2018
We lived next door to the Yattaw family for 6 years in Wooded Ridge. I am sorry to hear about Gary's passing. He was a kind and loving soul!
Rocky Baker
Oct 06, 2018
Gary and I had some great times fishing. Even when the fish would not cooperate we managed to have a good time. He was a good friend and I will miss him.
Lance Patterson
Oct 04, 2018
Gary and I were born around the same time at the same hospital, we ended up going to the same elementary school,and sharing childhood friends, his cousins Greg and Jeff. And then more than fifty years later Fate bought us together again, when his Mother, the sweet Mrs Wanda,was and I were bonding a very special relationship in a nursing home. Not knowing who she was, or that Gary and I actually had a history. Gray and I formed an instant broship,and I will always love and appreciate, the Love that Barb and Gary showered on me. I'm sure Mrs Wanda is Happy & Proud to be United with her Beloved Son.
GOD IS GOOD!!!
jim fullen
Oct 02, 2018
sorry to hear of our loss. great guy big heart.rip larry
Dick Tanis
Sep 27, 2018
As a fellow employee at VZW I respected Gary for his knowledge of telephony as well as a friend. I often went to him with questions and he always took time to sort out an answer. I will always remember his humor even in the face of challenging work. It was during times when he called a "Safety Meeting" that we could step back for 10 minutes to briefly relax, and often discussed a solution to what we were working on. Barb, my heart aches for your loss and know he is watching over us all.
Tom Mallow
Sep 26, 2018
My sincere condolences to family and friends of Gary. I served with him on the USS Manley. Fair winds and following seas shipmate.
James Meadows
Sep 26, 2018
Great friend and long time co-worker. Crappiethon at Lake Monroe was some of my favorite memories. I was lucky to have known him. Sorry about your loss Barb. Both of you hold a place in my heart
Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad
Sep 26, 2018
Thank you for this wonderful synopsis of Gary's life. I worked with him at VzW. He had such a welcoming spirit for this girl from NJ. I appreciate his kindness even more in reflection. Prayers to all that loved him - may you forever feel his spirit with you.
Mona(Coleman)Purkey
Sep 25, 2018
My condolences go out to you Barb & your family. We went to high school together way back in the day. Loved your obituary of Gary
Dianne Baughman
Sep 25, 2018
My deepest condolences to Gary's family. I worked with him at VZW and loved his sense of humor. He was one of the "good ones" - gone far too soon.
Bob Miller
Sep 25, 2018
I did not know Gary but as a fellow shipmate on the USS Manley DD940,at a different time ,I want to say," Rest in Peace shipmate. May it be calm seas and a following wind.
God bless
Jim Innis
Sep 25, 2018
RIP shipmate, you were a great crewman on the USS Manley.
Jeff Shively
Sep 25, 2018
Worked with Gary in Indy and always greatly respected him for dedication. I remember how he would look so serious and be joke with me. Gary will be missed by all and I'm so sorry to his family for the loss.
Cindy Jessup
Sep 25, 2018
I will miss you cousin. You always smiled and gave great hugs. Hey, you said you were going to take me fishing....ppfftt
Love you.
Ron Malbone
Sep 25, 2018
You will be greatly missed my friend. You were a pleasure to work with and shoot the bull with. So sorry for your loss Barb!
Dave Esham
Sep 25, 2018
I worked with Gary as a contractor when he was at GTE Mobilnet, then as an employee of VZW. He possessed a great sense of humor, was fun to work with. We had a lot of laughs, however when there was work to be done he always stepped up an got it done, very knowledgeable fellow.
Condolences to his family and friends!