Orvin Yeoman

Posted February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm


Nov. 19, 1917 – Feb. 6, 2013

Orvin Dale Yeoman, age 95, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2013, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services, with military honors, were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, 211 W. 1st Street, Monticello. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello. Rev. Al Polito officiated. Friends called Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello.

He was born Nov. 19, 1917 at Hardy, Iowa, the second son of William and Edna Smith Yeoman. Orvin and Eleanor Stewart were united in marriage on Aug. 27, 1944 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cascade.

      The Yeoman family moved to Monticello in the mid 1920s, where Orvin attended community schools. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1936 and attended Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls. On July 22, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. During World War II, he served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, rising to the rank of chief petty officer, and served with the United States Marine Corps. His duty stations included Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the Palmyra and Marshall Islands in the South Pacific; and the National Naval Medical Research Institute at Bethesda, Md. While stationed at Bethesda, Orvin and two others were accidentally exposed to the polio virus and received the first polio vaccine. Orvin and Eleanor returned to Monticello in 1947, where he joined Yeoman and Company, founded in 1929 by his father. He retired as a co-owner and production manager in 1990.

Orvin was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Burns Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He served as scout master for Troop 66 in Monticello and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor bestowed on an adult volunteer by the Boy Scouts of America. Orvin was an avid reader, particularly stories of the old west, and was a member of the Monticello Golf Club for many years.

Surviving are three children, Susan DeVito of Smithfield, Virg.; Amy (George) Jepson of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Tom (Diane) Yeoman of Monticello; five grandchildren, John Yeoman, Hans (Theresa) Peterson, George A. (Lisa) Jepson, Stephan (Kathy) Jepson, and Jane (Jason) Nuzzo; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Roxie Boss of Waterloo.

Orvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eleanor; two brothers, Willard and Harold; two half-brothers, Maynard and George Yeoman; two half-sisters, Loretta Huegerich and Elnora Schons.

Memories and condolences may be left online at www.goettschonline.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Camp Courageous in Monticello.