Yoakum Surname Obituaries

Allen Yoakum

Menard County Review Friday, August 21, 1998

Allen Yoakum, 80, of Cantrall died Thursday, August 6, 1998 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1918 in Athens, the son of Robert Ottis and Lydia Anna Neff Yoakum. His wife, Dorean, died in 1994.

Mr. Yoakum farmed in the Athens area. Surviving are two daughters, Shirley Laurik of Springfield and Linda Wasilewski of Athens; one son, Larry Yoakum of Springfield; 13 grandchildren, including Steve Yoakum of Cantrall, whom he raised; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, Haley; one sister, Willetta Mortimer of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday, August 10 at 11a.m. at Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens with John Thomson officiating. Burial was in West Cemetery, Athens.

Contributed By: Rajean Gallagher


Anna Yoakum

Newspaper Unknown

MRS. OTIS YOAKUM
Lydia Anna Yoakum was born near Petersburg, Illinois on December 9, 1874 and died a the family residence west of Athens at 3:30 a.m. Sunday April 13, 1924 a the age of 39 years 4 months and 4 days. She was the daughter of William and Susan Jackson Neff.

She spent practically all her life in the Damascus community where she got her education, while yet a girl in her teens she united with the Free Methodist congregation at Athens.

Deceased was married to Otis Yoakum on March 31, 1907 near Tice. To this union seven children were born; a son Robert and a daughter Mildred died during the epidemic of flu a few years ago. Surviving are: husband, one son, Allen Jr., and four daughters, Lois, Velda, Willetta and Betty Jane, who will be a month old on the 19th inst.; her father, William Neff of Petersburg; four sisters, Mrs. Lillie Pittman of Petersburg, Mrs. Gertrude Shafer of Upland, Nebraska; Mrs. Maggie Yoakum of this city and Miss Ruth Neff of Hayes, Kansas and one brother, William Neff of Pekin. Funeral services were held at the Free Methodist Church at 2 P.M. Tuesday afternoon; Rev. Elmer McKay of Springfield, officiating. Interment in the West Cemetery. All the near relatives were present at the funeral.

Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher


Dorothy Yoakum

Menard County Review, Friday, April 27, 1979, page 12

Mrs. Yoakum dead at age 68
Dorothy I. Yoakum of Petersburg died at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 22, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was 68 years of age.

Mrs. Yoakum was born September 19, 1910 in Pleasant Plains, the daughter of G.W. and Eva Reed Zink. She was a member of the Edinburg Christian Church.

Surviving are her husband, Marshall; three sons, Lawrence of Beaufort, S.C., Marshall L. and Phillip E. of Petersburg; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Jean Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Patricia Harp of Athens, Mrs. Susan Bell of Petersburg; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, an aunt and uncle.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Mott and Henning Funeral Home, Athens, with Rev. Charles Day officiating. Burial was in Hall Cemetery, Athens.

Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher


Eva Yoakum

Menard County Review Nov. 18, 1994

ATHENS--Eva Dorean Harrelson Yoakum of RR1 Athens died Sunday November 13 at 6:35 p.m. at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Petersburg at the age of 76.

She was born January 5, 1918 in Macedonia, the daughter of John and Alma Mae Phillips Harrelson. She married Allen Yoakum on September 27, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one niece and one nephew.

Mrs. Yoakum was employed by Canterbury Seed company, Athens Turkey Farm and Jefferies Orchard and retired from Memorial Medical Center after 18 years of service.

Surviving are her husband Allen; one son Larry Yoakum of Springfield; two daughters, Shirley Laurik of Springfield and Linda Kay Wasilewski of Athens; foster son Steven Edward Yoakum of Cantrall; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother Horace Harrelson of Saugus, California; one sister Geneva Harrelson of West Frankfort; and two nieces.

Services were held Thursday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at Mott and Henning Funeral home in Athens with Rev. Don Neisler officiating. Burial was in West Cemetery, Athens.

Contributed By: Rajean Gallagher


Kenneth Yoakum

Menard County Review, Friday, Feb. 21, 1975

Former Athens man dead at 48
ATHENS -- Kenneth (Luke) Yoakum, 48, of Seattle, Washington was found dead at his home Friday, February 14.

Mr. Yoakum was born May 31, 1926 in Athens, the son of the late Robert Otis and Edith M. Yoakum. He attended the Athens Schools.

He is survived by two sons, David and Kevin Yoakum, both of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Carl A. (Kenna) Rogers, Jr. of Springfield; one brother, Jack Yoakum of Twist, Wash.; three half-sisters, Mrs. Walter (Rose) Abel of Athens, Mrs. Lois Cantrall and Mrs. Willetta Mortimer, both of Springfield; one half-brother, Allen Yoakum, Jr. of Cantrall; two grand-daughters, Lisa and Angela Rogers of Springfield; three nephews and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher


Mildred Yoakum

Athens Free Press, 1-3-1919

Mildred, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Yoakum, died at the home west of this city, Sunday afternoon, December 29, 1918, after a short illness from pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Mildred was born April 1, 1915 and was aged 3 years 9 months and 28 days.

This was the second visit of the death messenger at the Yoakum home in less than two days. The folks returning from the funeral of her brother, Robert, had just reached the home when Mildred passed over to that better shore where sickness, sorrow and death are unknown. The stricken family has the sincerest sympathy of the entire community in this sad affliction. Surviving are her parents, two sisters, Lois and Velda, one brother Allen Jr. and a large number of relatives and many friends.

Short funeral services were held at the grave last Monday afternoon December 30 at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Mary Taylor officiating. Interment was made in the West Cemetery.

Contributed By: Rajean Gallagher


Otis Yoakum

Athens Free Press, May 23, 1930

OTIS YOAKUM DIES SUDDENLY
Otis Yoakum was stricken with a heart attack while at work in the Barr mine last Friday morning and died before workmen could bring him to the top. He had been taking medical treatment for heart trouble for some time, but he appeared to be in his usual health when he entered the mine that morning. After working for some time he began to complain of not feeling well and it was thought best to bring him out of the mine. He was placed on a stretcher and started for the top. He died while the cage was coming up.

Otis, son of Robert and Victoria Yoakum, was born at Athens, September 28, 1883, and died Mary 18, 1930, aged 46 years, 7 months and 16 days.

On March 2, 1907, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Neff. To this union seven children were born, His wife preceded him in death six years ago. He was then united in marriage to Miss Edith Ferguson. To this union two children were born.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Victoria Yoakum, who resides west of this city; three brothers, Allen, Alfred and Thomas Yoakum all of Athens, one sister, Mrs. Mary Ferguson of Athens; his wife, three sons, Kenneth, Jackie and Allen and three daughters Velda, Willetta and Betty Yoakum at home, and one daughter Mrs. Lester Cantrall, of Petersburg.

Funeral services were held at the residence in West Athens, Sunday afternoon, May 18, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Paul J. DuBois, pastor of the Athens Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in the West Cemetery.

Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher


Robert Yoakum

Athens Free Press, 1-3-1919

Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Yoakum, died at the home west of this city, Sunday morning, December 28, 1918, after a short illness from pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Deceased was born, March 22, 1910, and at the time of his death was aged 8 years, 9 months and 6 days.

He was a boy of unusual promise, a great favorite with his school mates. And was held in high esteem by his teachers. His illness was of short duration and everything possible was done for him but all the tender ministrations were of no avail and he passed away early Sunday morning. He is survived by his parents, three sisters, Lois, Velda, and Mildred and one brother Allen Jr besides many friends and relatives.

Short funeral services were held at the grave last Sunday afternoon, December 29 at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Mary Taylor officiating. Interment was made in the West Cemetery.

Contributed By: Rajean Gallagher


Thomas Yoakum Jr.

Athens Free Press, January 15, 1932

Thomas, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Yoakum, died at the family residence in Road District #6 Tuesday morning, Jan. 12, 1932 after an illness of some time at the age of 6 years, 5 months and 12 days. Death having occurred before the arrival of the physician it was necessary to hold an inquest. Coroner H. S. Wilkens of Petersburg held the inquest Tuesday afternoon and the jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Yoakum, three sisters, Bernice, Dorothy, Winifred and one brother, Jasper.

Funeral services were held at Mott Funeral home Wednesday at 2 o'clock. Rev. L. O. Unger officiating. Interment at the West Cemetery.

Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher


Virgil Yoakum

Menard County Review, January 31, 1975

Athens man's father dead
ATHENS- Virgil L. Yocum, 69, formerly of R.R. 1, Springfield, died at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 27 at the Illini House in Springfield.

Mr. Yocum was born July 17, 1905 in Clinton, Ind., the son of William and Alma Brown Yocum. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the Salvation Army.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Rosalie (Fagg); one son, Charles Yocum of Athens; four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Mary Gean) Farrington of Clinton, Ind., Mrs. Velma Fox, Mrs. Sam (Virginia) Fox and Mrs. Forrest (Anna) Pryer, all of Springfield; one brother, Frank Yocum of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. John (Lucille) Canedy of Springfield and Mrs. Mae Graves of Riverton; 23 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 30 at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home in Springfield with Rev. Lawrence Hamrick officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park, Springfield.

Contributed by: Rajean Gallagher





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