Gerald M. Yancey
December 3, 1919 - October 20, 2009
BEAVER FALLS – Gerald M.Yancey, 89, of Cut Off Road, died peacefully at his home, Tuesday evening, October 20, 2009.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Lowville Mennonite Church with Keith Zehr, officiating. Burial will follow in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery. Calling hours are from 2 – 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2009 at the church. Contributions may be made to Lowville Mennonite Church. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Lena; eight children and their spouses, Jerry M. and Nancy Yancey of LaGrande, OR; Dean R. and Wanda Macedo Yancey of Lowville; Dr. Samuel P. Yancey of Croghan; Violet and Michael J. Colwell of Glenfield; Merle G. and Donna Yancey of Lowville; Orson P. Yancey of Boston, MA; Annette Halko and her companion Paul Brown of Naumburg; Paula and Nathan Zehr of Webster, NY; a brother, Edward C. Yancey of Lowville; three sisters, Bertha and Rosella Roes of Sarasota, FL; Iva Yousey of Lowville; 18 grandchildren, two great-grandsons, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by a daughter, Juanita Rose Yancey, who died in 1961 at the age of 7; two sisters, Edna Zehr and Mary C. Swartzentruber; a sister-in-law, Bertha Yancey; and four brothers-in-law, Morris and Edward Roes, Abner M. Swartzentruber, and Clayton Yousey.
Mr. Yancey was born at home in the Town of Harrisburg, on December 3, 1919, a son of the late Edward E. and Rosella Zehr Yancey and attended county school in Harrisburg. He worked on the family farm until 1941, when he purchased the farm from his father. On December 12, 1946, he married Lena Lyndaker at Croghan Mennonite Church with Rev. Lloyd Boshart officiating. Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated the dairy farm on the Yancey Road in West Lowville until 1975, at which time the couple moved to the Cut Off Road in Beaver Falls. During the 1970s, he worked for his brother Edward, operating bulldozer for a short time, until being hired as head bulldozer operator on the 765 KV line. He worked with his son Merle, and Yancey Combining, operating machinery for many years. In the late 1980s, Mr. Yancey painted all of the buildings at the Seber Farm, now known as Maple Ridge, and touched up horse trunks and other equipment while working there. He later assisted his wife with her real estate business and her bed and breakfast.
He was a member of Lowville Mennonite Church. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, traveling and visiting Florida and enjoyed being outdoors and his pet kittys.