George "Sonny" Yager

Died: Mon., Oct. 31, 2016


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Nov. 04, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 04, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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George “Sonny” Yager Jr., 83, of Willow Hill, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Monday October 31, 2016.

Sonny was born on March 22, 1933 in Iowa City, Iowa to George Otto Yager and Margaret Ann (Hippler) Yager. On August 18, 1956 he married Ida Imogene Gasso who preceded him in death in 2007.

Sonny grew up in the Bend Area and was a lifelong farmer in Jasper County. He also worked for Stewart Security at the Marathon Refinery in Robinson, IL as a security guard. Sonny served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Saint Valentine Catholic Church and the Ste. Marie American Legion Post 0932.  Sonny enjoyed mowing, fishing and gardening.  He also enjoyed arrowhead hunting, riding his snowmobile and playing music on his DOBRO.

Sonny is survived by one son and daughter-in-law Donald “Donnie” and Dana Yager, Willow Hill; two daughters and son-in-law Darlene and Kevin Dart, Oblong, IL and Gloria Kay Litzelman, Ste. Marie, IL. He is also survived by one Brother Ralph E. Yager, Richland, OR and one sister and brother-in-law Patsy and Jerry Schadel, Dixon, IA. Sonny had 19 Grandchildren, 25 Great-Grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Sonny in death were his parents, his wife Ida Imogene Yager, daughter Shirley Yager, two sisters Judy Yager and Geneva Greene and infant brother Donald Eugene Yager.

Celebration of Sonny’s Life Service will be at 11:00 AM Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong, IL. Burial will follow in the Yager Cemetery, rural Oblong. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Friday at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL. The family request that an expression of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Saint Valentine Church Hall with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Todd Alan Drake
   Posted Tue November 01, 2016
Donnie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Aubrey Schifler
   Posted Tue November 01, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. Sonny was a great guy to work with. I loved his sense of humor and there was never a time that he didn't have a smile on his face! I worked with him at stewart security. He will always have a special place in my heart! Rest Well Sonny, we will meet again.

David Davis
   Posted Wed November 02, 2016
To Ralph/Donnie an the Family {Are Prays going out to you all at this time back it the day I had fun with the friends I met it the Bend back in the 70's. Your dad an my dad was buddy for yr. My girl work with him at Stewart an like him . He will be mist by all that know him

Larry & Donna Stephens
   Posted Thu November 03, 2016
Donnie & family we are sorry for your loss. We hope in this time of sorrow you can keep your faith that he is in a better place & let your family & friends help you comfort you!

Our prayers are with you all,
Larry & Donna Stephens

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