William G. “Bill” Yearous


Services held for longtime Elgin resident

Funeral services for William G. “Bill” Yearous, 101, of Elgin were held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Elgin. The Rev. Rick Johnson officiated.

Burial followed in the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elgin was in charge of arrangements.

Bill’s death occurred Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society – Postville.

William George Yearous was born March 1, 1911, in Holcomb, Kan., to Clifton and Louisa (Schmidt) Yearous.

He attended country school through the eighth grade.

On Dec. 24, 1938, Bill was united in marriage with Alo Patterson in Waterloo. To this union three children were born.

Bill farmed for almost 35 years and drove a bus for Valley High School for 27 years. He was also a handyman in Elgin and a maintenance man for the senior citizens home in Elgin for 20 years. At the age of 91, Bill was still mowing grass with his rider and blowing snow for the neighbors.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, woodworking and building things for his grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his son, Forrest Lyle Yearous in 1996; and three brothers, August, Ernest and Cliff Yearous.

Survivors include Alo, his wife of 74 years, of Postville; two children, Harlan (Jackie) Yearous of St. Joseph, Mich., and Sharon (Dwight) Greenwood of Holton, Mich.; six grandchildren, John (Kari) Yearous, Sommer (Chris) Dockery, Christel (Todd) Seemann, Tara (Jeff) Doukasian, Heidi (Jaymie) Hext and Daniel Greenwood; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill Yearous’ name to the Good Samaritan Society - Postville.

Condolences may be left online with www.graufuneralhomes.com

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