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John Columbus Yager, Jr. (“J.C.”) passed away on January 11, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. John was born in Jasper, Missouri to parents John Columbus Yager, Sr. and Edna Velma (Budd) Yager.
J.C. served in the United States Air Force from 1948 through 1952 as an airman first class, serving as a Staff Sergeant / Corporal in Japan, Korea and the Philippines. J.C. was united in marriage to Georgia Kay Rinker on August 8th, 1953. J.C. worked as an electrical line engineer until his retirement in 1995. He enjoyed life with his family, fishing, camping and hunting in Colorado, where he resided from 1952 to 1978; and farming life at his residence in Bucklin, Missouri. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, active in Post 3471 of Shaffer’s Crossing, Colorado, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and member of the South Swede Church community in Bucklin, MO.
J.C. is survived by his sister Eva Mae (Yager) Zott, of Castle Rock, Colorado; close friend Marilyn Dowell of Bucklin, Missouri; sister-in-Law Winnie (Rinker) Barker of Benton City, Missouri; brother in law William Rinker (Marianne) of Marceline, Missouri, his children: son John C. Yager, III and Sue of Lake Mills, Iowa; son George Yager and Annie of Bucklin, Missouri; daughter Rhonda Brown and Glenn of Bucklin, Missouri and daughter Jennifer Yager and Duane of Bucklin and Kirksville, Missouri. Grandchildren: Stephanie (Joe) Lapinski, Becky Evans, Heather (John) Roesink, Charlene Yager, George (Meghan) Yager, Tim Yager, Dustin (Raychel) Yager, Josh (Cynthia) Frock, Jamie Honsey, Heather Bengtson, and Dennis Honsey. Great grandchildren Amanda (Yager) Morse, J.D. Herman, Jordan (Ruhmann) Shepherd, Devon Rosenberg, Peyton Yager, Levi Yager, Olivia Roesink, Kaydence Thomason, Evan Frock, Adisyn Frock, Charlie Honsey, Emma Bengtson, Paxton Bengtson, Kyle Honsey, and Logan Honsey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great and great-great nieces and nephews.
J.C. was preceded in death by his parents, John C. Yager Sr. and Edna Yager; his wife, Georgia Yager; his brother, Marvin Yager; sister in law, Virginia Yager; brothers in law Lee Rinker, John Rinker, Wes Rinker, Dale Pierce, Laurel Pierce, Mervin Pierce, Sonny Barker, and Walter Zott.
A memorial and celebration of his life is planned for May 2018 in Bucklin, Missouri. If friends and family are so inclined, donations can be made to the South Swede Church community in Bucklin, Missouri; in his honor.