SOUTH WHITLEY — Richard J. Yarnelle, 92, of South Whitley died peacefully at his home at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.
He was born Feb. 5, 1919 in Wabash, a son of the late George and Helen (DePuy) Yarnelle. His formative years were spent in Wabash where he graduated from Wabash High School in 1936.
A talented athlete, he earned a football scholarship to Purdue University. After being injured, he attended Butler University.
On Oct. 10, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served as a corporal with the 3rd Army Field Artillery in Europe. He was honorably discharged March 11, 1946.
On Oct. 5, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Hall. They made their home in South Whitley.
He spent his work career in the insurance business as an agent for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. He retired in 1984 with more than 32 years of service.
An avid tennis player, he coached tennis at Whitko High School and founded the South Whitley Tennis League. He was instrumental in the installation of the tennis courts at the town park. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of South Whitley, the Masonic Lodge, South Whitley and the Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne.
In honor of his athleticism and contribution to sports, he was inducted into the Wabash High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary; four children, Alice (Tom) Anderson, North Manchester, Jim (Greg Allen) Yarnelle, Indianapolis, Patty (Glen) Weybright, South Whitley and David (Esau Hislope) Yarnelle, Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Mary M. Yarnelle, Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Barry and Evan Weybright, Alexa Yarnelle, Matthew Anderson and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Edward F. Yarnelle, brother, Robert Yarnelle and a grand daughter, Libby Yarnelle.
The family will receive family and friends at their home in South Whitley on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.
For further information, contact the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Arrangements are by Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.
Preferred memorial may be made to Whitley County Humane Society or South Whitley Food Bank.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com .