August 1, 2013

Donald R. Yerkes


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Donald R. Yerkes, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Manor Care Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa. He was a resident of King of Prussia, Pa.

He worked as a system road foreman for Conrail. Donald was a former member of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Valley Forge in Wayne, Pa. He was also a member of Tipton Lodge No. 33 and A.A.S.R. Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA. Donald was a past president of the Railway Fuel and Operating Officers Association.

Born in Logansport on March 26, 1929, he was a son of the late Raymond L. and Ruth E. (Kuhn) Yerkes. Surviving are his loving family including his wife of 64 years, Jo Ellen (Galloway) Yerkes; two sons, Donald S. Yerkes and his wife, Jan, of Mauston, Wis., and Mark “David” Yerkes and his wife, Beverly, of Peru; two daughters, Debra A. Dixon and her husband, Tom, of Zionsville, and Dina J. Smirga and her husband, Chris, of Schwenksville, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack A. Yerkes and his wife, Sue, of Munster; a sister, Diane K. Miller and her husband, Mark, of Carmel; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erin Dixon.

Donald’s memorial service will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Gundrum Funeral Home. The family will receive relatives and friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.gun