Herbert E. YahrNov 13, 2012 Staff
Herbert E. Yahr died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Lander. He was 82 years old.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the United Methodist Church in Lander. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home.
Herbert E. Yahr was born Aug. 19,1930, in Wausau, Wis. He grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from Slinger High School and joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17.
In 1953 he married Helen A. Cox from Sedalia, Mo. They raised four children: Russell Andrew, Herbert Randall, Wendy Rose and Beth Marie.
While serving in the Navy, he saw duty in the Mediterranean Sea and completed three wartime tours in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of Vietnam.
He retired from the Navy after 26 years with the rank of E7 - Chief ADRC in San Diego. He continued with a civil service career as GS-7 instructor at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego where he taught diesel and outboard engine maintenance and repair. He retired a second time in 1987 after 40 years of combined federal service.
He continued his education and graduated from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., earning an Associate of Art degree in real estate.
He was a member of Masons 32nd Degree, Shriners, Voiture Nationale 40 and 8, NCOA, Fleet Reserve Association, American Legion and a VFW Life Member.
He was an active member of Lander First United Methodist Church.
His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping his entire life. He enjoyed playing cribbage, ace deuce and backgammon. He also served as Boy Scout Leader in the 1960s.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Glenn and Ronnie Cox; four children; grandchildren Amber, Benjamin and Shannon Perry, and Brenda, Brandi and David Bowman; nephews Martin and Grant Cox and Jay Gittel; niece CeCe Cox; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Rosalia Yahr; sister Geraldine; brother-in-law Roman Gittel; and niece Lynette Gittel.