Jerry LeRoy Yates, 79, formerly of Bowling Green OH, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021, peacefully at home in Knoxville, TN with his family by his side. Jerry was born in Bowling Green, OH to the late William and Esther (Mills) Yates.
Jerry is survived by his daughter Leona (William) Porteous of Knoxville, TN, Tammy Thompson of Perrysburg, OH, and Jerry Yates of Bowling Green, OH: 11 grandchildren: Nicholas Biegel, Edward Biegel, Kali Porteous, James Quaintance, Benjamin Quaintance, Caitland Quaintance, Jack Yates, Vincent Yates, Ashley Yates, Dalton Yates, and Matthias Yates; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters: Alice Kerr of McComb, OH; Sheilan Beaupre of Bowling Green, OH, and brother Steven Yates of Bowling Green, OH. Jerry was preceded in death by his son Richard; brothers: Robert, Carl, Melvin, Kenneth, Michael, and Rick and his sister Jean.
Jerry is a veteran of the Vietnam War and served honorably in the Army as a mechanic for over four years achieving the rank of Sergeant Specialist 5. Jerry retired from the City of Bowling Green, OH where he worked for over thirty years in the water and sewer department. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family in TN, loved to fish and spend time outdoors, watch NASCAR, cheer on his Oakland now Las Vegas Raiders, and watch & participate in horse racing.
Visitation for Jerry will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021, from 3:30-5:30 pm, a Celebration of Life at 5:30 pm, and a reception to follow. This will take place at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home in Bowling Green, OH. Interment will take place at a later date in Knoxville, TN and full military honors will be conferred by the US Army and the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Fisher House, Hope for the Warriors, or Home For Our Troops. Jerry will be deeply missed by all those who loved him.