Edward Yonkman


Edward Dale "Eddie" Yonkman, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Life Care of Rhea County. He was born March 11, 1928 in Detroit, Mich., to the late Edward and Ouida McClure Yonkman. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Taylor Yonkman. Eddie served his country in the U.S. Army. He lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1943 to 1983 where he earned his FBI certification and was employed by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as Deputy Chief. In 1983, he retired to Dayton Mountain where he cleared his land and built his home. He enjoyed woodworking, deep-sea fishing and golf. He was a member of the Pikeville United Methodist Church. Eddie is survived by his wife, Joan Lauer Yonkman, of Pikeville; his two sons, Edward Dale (Lori) Yonkman, of Holywood, Fla., and Chip (Cheryl) Cotton, of Arlington, Va.; his two daughters, Sandra (Paul Mays) Yonkman, of Hernando Beach, Fla., and Julie (Jeff) Deichert, of Dayton; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Eddie will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. CDT) at Pikeville United Methodist Church with Pastor Greg Smart officiating. He will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pikeville United Methodist Church for the Prayer Garden. Please share your memories of Eddie on his on-line guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com. The family is being served by the Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton where they will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. EDT today.

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