J.W. (Dub) Yates

J. W. (“Dub”) Yates of Columbia, Missouri, died Thursday, November 19, at University Hospital after suffering a heart attack. His memorial service will be in the Epple Chapel at Lenoir Community Center, Columbia, Missouri on December 19th at 3 PM.


Dub was born on February 5, 1924, in Smithville, Missouri. He attended William Jewell College before entering the Navy, where he served on a PT boat in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he earned bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his career as a counseling and educational psychologist, he served as a faculty member at the University Missouri, Saint Cloud State Teachers College, the University of Kansas, and Southern Illinois University. 


He married Janice Lyon in 1947, and they had two daughters, Nancy Knipping of Columbia, and Ann Mertz of Buena Vista, Colorado. In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by four grandchildren, Jonathan Knipping; Kevin, Emily and Andrew Mertz; and a sister, Jo Yates Coleman. He and Janice moved to Columbia in 2007.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name to the Child Fund International, would be appreciated.


Visits: 1


  1. Mark Mendelsohn on November 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. It meant so much to my father when Dub and Janice came to my mom’s funeral this past July. They knew each other for over 50 years and I remember numerous stories about Dub. He taught my parents to play good bridge and shared the love of sports with my dad. I know he will be misses terribly.
    With warm regards,
    Mark Mendelsohn

  2. Doc & Pat Abernathy on November 24, 2009 at 9:13 am

    We were so sorry to read of Dub’s passing, Dub was a great friend and hunting buddy.

  3. Bill and Jane Workman on November 24, 2009 at 10:53 am


    We wish to extend our sympathy to you upon Dub’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with you two at church, Saturday Night Live, and etc. You will be in our prayers.

    Bill and Jane Workman

  4. Cindy Yates Kivett on November 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    The family of Ann and Buddy Yates wish to express our deepest sympathy in your loss of a husband, father, and grandfather. Cindy Yates Kivett

  5. Douglas Bedient on November 25, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Dub was an influential professor and a warm, caring man. I will always remember his fishing stories and expertise and how he reached out to colleagues and students.

  6. John Mouw on November 25, 2009 at 9:36 am

    When we first moved to Carbondale we needed some friends and guidance. Dub and Jannie were there as friends and Dub was a warm and friendly guide as I started my career at SIU. He was a model of integrity for me. I treasured his warmth.

  7. Helen T. Naumer on November 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Jan,
    I have been housebound with the knee replacement revision since Nov. 4th, so your message came as a complete surprise. I was so lucky to have you and Dub for next door neighbors 13 years ago after Jake died. I was interested to see that his birthday was the same as my granddaughter Katherine Naumer and also my dear friend Rick who died here six years ago. Dub was such a lovely person, such a great gentleman, and I know you will miss him. I’m glad he made you move so that you could be established near your daughter and all your new friends. The therapist was here today and I decided to try to come downstairs to see what was on the computer, but I’m sorry it was your bad news. Take care and write me when things settle down. Love, Helen

  8. Gwen Roberts on November 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    My sympathy to you and your family. I am one of many graduates of the SIU-C Guidance and Ed Psych program. I
    remember Dr. Yates so well as he was the 1st person at SIU-C that I talked with at Christmas of my senior year while at Western Il Univ. I had just had Business Administration interviews with Peoria-based companies and basically was told that I would work for them two years, then marry and have a baby, and they would lose all of their training money. Since I knew that I had wanted to be a counselor since my sophomore year of high school, I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree and Dr. Yates was literally the one who encouraged and brought me to SIU-C.
    I just retired after 40 years as a Murphysboro High School Counselor.
    Dr. Yates’ classes were great and he was so funny that sometimes when I left, my sides hurt from laughing! We will all miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Toni Milstead on November 30, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know him, I know how are hard it is to loss a parent.

  10. Sonya Nistendirk on November 30, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Nancy & family,
    Thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May your father continue to live on in your hearts & memories.

  11. Jane Howland on November 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Love and prayers to you all.

  12. Peggy Placier on November 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Dear Nancy, I was so sad to hear about your Dad. My own Dad is another World War II Navy man, born just a year after your Dad. It’s always too soon to lose your Dad, and for the grandkids to lose their grandpa. I will send a donation in his memory. Thinking of you, Peggy

  13. Sharon & Joe on December 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Janice, Nancy, Jonathan, & Stuart,

    We know the loss of Dub will leave an empty place in your lives, but since we had the chance to meet him in August we also know that you will have a lot of wonderful memories in your hearts. Our thoughts are with you all.


    Sharon & Joe

  14. Sharon & Joe on December 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Janice, Nancy, Jonathan, & Stuart,

    We know the loss of Dub will leave an empty place in your lives, but since we had the chance to meet him in August we also know that you will have a lot of wonderful memories in your hearts. Our thoughts are with you all.


    Sharon and Joe

  15. Terry & Brenda Whelan on December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Ann and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember your father, husband and grandfather. God bless you all! ~Terry & Brenda Whelan, Ranch of the Rockies, Colorado

  16. Scott Wierschem on November 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Mr. Yates saved me from drowning in Lake Chautauqua back around 1970. (I was a little tyke with a great sense of adventure, but not much other sense!) I was trying to track him down and let him know that I’m doing well now with a wife and two children. I’m sorry I didn’t do this sooner so that I might have known him.
    If his family ever comes back to check these messages, please know that he and you will always remain in my prayers.

  17. jw.org on March 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm


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