Traverse City Record Eagle
James VanEver Yates
10 May 2002
TRAVERSE CITY - James VanEver Yates, 69, known to his friends as Jim or Jose, died at his home on Tuesday. Jim was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of James V. and Norma Yates, and had lived in this area for about seven years, moving here from Illinois.
Jim had been employed in industrial sales prior to his retirement, and most recently was employed by the Little River Casino. He was very fond of the people he worked with at the casino. He also enjoyed planting and maintaining fir trees, enjoyed kayaking, collected art work and in his younger years had learned everything involved in papermaking and cardboard container manufacturing, as his father owned a paper manufacturing company.
Jim was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army in Europe, maintaining large equipment.
Jim is survived by his wife Katherine, "Kit", whom he married Dec. 31, 1969, in Wheaton, Ill.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will take place this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to The American Cancer Society.