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Dr. Waybern D Yates, 74 of Kansas City, MO died peacefully in his sleep March 30, 2018, at his home in Stafford, Kansas. A celebration of life will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 from 5-7 PM, at the Disabled American Veterans Building, 14605 E. US 40 Highway, Kansas City, MO 64136.
He was born May 29, 1943 in Independence, MO and graduated from Raytown High School in 1961. He continued his education at the University of Missouri Columbia, receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1968.
Waybern served as an Army Captain in the 175th Veterinary Corp in the Vietnam war, where he cared for scout and sentry dogs.
In 1970, Dr. Yates began his practice in Raytown, and built Raytown Animal Hospital on 63rd Street in 1972. He was an active member of the Cayman Islands Veterinary Practice and a founding member of the Turks and Caicos Veterinary Practice. He was also a member of both Missouri and Kansas Veterinary Associations, and a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 1994, he was appointed to the Missouri Horse Racing Commission by Governor Carnahan.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Yates, two daughters, Ellen Jones and her husband Dr. Todd Jones of Blue Springs, MO, Elaine Carpenter and her husband Scott Carpenter of Olathe Kansas, three granddaughters, Olivia Lahman, Kelsye McKee and Alexia Jones, three grandsons, Gabriel Jones, Preston Carpenter, and Brendan Carpenter, and four great-grandchildren.
His love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors was only outdone by his knowledge of them all. His memories of hunting mushrooms, calling turkeys, sorting cattle and consistently “getting the next job done” were constantly surpassed by the next hunt, the next tasks at hand, or the next adventure.
Stories and descriptions of WD Yates are too numerous to mention, but “He was a Great Man” is without a doubt a common theme amongst his family and friends. It is the wish of the loved ones closest to him, that everyone will someday know a man such as WD. Some such campfires never burn out.
In loving memory of Waybern Yates – A Great Man. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the following organizations, are suggested:
Midwest Animal ResQ
Pets for Life