John W. Yearling
John W. Yearling, age 94, passed away April 14, 2017, at Bowman Place in Three Rivers. John was born Aug. 10, 1922, in Centreville, to Harry and Blanche M. (Worthington) Yearling. He was raised in Centreville and graduated from Centreville High School in 1940. On June 30, 1941, he married Doris Hagen. She preceded him in death in March 2004. John and Doris moved to Three Rivers in the early 1950s. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was elected honor man of his company while at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. He attended engineering schools in Chicago, New York and Seattle. John was an engineering petty officer aboard two destroyers during the war. For 25 years, John was treasurer and general manager of Three Rivers Builders. He left that position to become vice president and chief loan officer of Three Rivers Savings and Loan, from which he retired in 1985. John was highly active in local organizations. He was president of Three Rivers Junior Chamber of Commerce, president of Michigan Savings and Loan League, president of Pleasant Lake Association and president of Three Rivers Lions Club. He recently received the Lions Club Circle Award for more than 64 years of dedicated service. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and served as president on several occasions. He also was a member of Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 and VFW Post #3019 in Three Rivers. John was awarded life membership in the International Lions Club in 1990 and was elected Lion of the Year in 1995-96 and received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the International Lions Club in 2001. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, vegetable gardening and traveling. Doris and John traveled extensively in the United States and the world. He also looked forward to his annual Canadian fishing trip with his son, Jerry, and friends. John is survived by four children, Sandra French of Greenville, Jerry Yearling of Three Rivers, Suzanne Reed of Caro and Laurie (Bob) Smith of Vicksburg. Also surviving are twin sisters Jane Lints, of Mendon and Jean Avery, of Sturgis. He also is survived by five grandchildren, Christine Hamlin, Sana (Willis) Gaffney, Jennifer (Michael) Dentler, Eric (Katherine) Smith and Sabrina (Matt) Lear; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Tesman; a sister, Charlene Lytle; a son-in-law Daniel French; and a grandson, Steven French. At John's request, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Hohner Funeral Home on Arnold Street in Three Rivers. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Arnold Street in Three Rivers, with family greeting friends at 10 a.m. Military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes post will be held immediately following the service. Interment of the ashes will take place at Prairie River Cemetery in Centreville. The family would like to thank the staff at Bowman Place and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for the excellent care John was given. Memorials may be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Great Lakes Caring Hospice, Bowman Place or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohnerfh.com.
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