Frank V. Yates, Sr.
July 9, 1916 - February 10, 2017
Frank Vincent Yates was born on July 9, 1916, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Frank Sr. and Teresa Yates. He was baptized in St. Patrick Church and attended Bay Ridge schools. In 1941, he joined the U. S. Army Paratroopers in Company A of the 502nd Parachute Battalion, which was formed into the 101st Airborne Division. He was promoted to sergeant in 1943 and was transferred to the 541st Parachute Infantry Regiment where he trained parachutists at Fort Benning, GA. He then joined the 11th Airborne Division in the Philippines and served with the occupation force in Japan after the war.
He married Sarah Little in Atlanta and after his discharge, they moved to Meridian, MS, where they lived until 1964 and then moved to Salem, OR. They had five children: Frank Jr., Mike (deceased), Joe, Lyle, and Liz Yates Casebeer. He is also survived by ten grandchildren—Holly, Michael, Alicia, Jerry, Rory, Sierra, Tommy, Kayla, Matthew, and Shauna—and two great-grandchildren, Wade and Brooke.
Frank worked mainly in sales with management positions for Payless Drug and K-Mart. He retired in 1984 and moved to San Diego. He came back to Salem and worked until age ninety for Walmart as a door greeter. He had a quick smile and repertoire of one-liner jokes, which included his favorite: “did you hear about the two peanuts in a bad neighborhood? … One was a salted”.
As a young man, he played softball and golf, and went fishing. In his later years, he enjoyed watching sports, attending mass at St. Joseph Church, completing crossword puzzles, and sitting in the sun.
At age 100, he passed peacefully on February 10 with family at his side. He is probably smiling and telling jokes as a greeter at the heavenly gates.
Family Services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.