Lyle L. Yake, 87, passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Glenburn Home in Linton.
He was born in Adams County on Jan. 27, 1917, the son of Henry and Mary (Wolf) Yake.
He moved to Greene County in 1946 to install the sewer system for Crane Village. He also dredged and cleaned ditches for area farmers, and he and his brother designed, patented and sold a brush bucket he used to dredge ditches for farmers in the area.
In 1962, he and his brother Herman went to Salem to form Hoosier Pre-cast and manufactured concrete drive-over gates, cattle feed-bunks and slotted floors for hog houses. After a year of manufacturing the gates, he took over the delivering and installation of the gates, traveling throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. After several years, he began working in the local Salem community and became a self-employed contractor. One of his noted accomplishments was the design and building of insulated, pre-formed concrete buildings and the building of milking parlors and a clubhouse for a New Albany club. He and his wife Dorothy cared for a total of 14 court-appointed foster children while at Salem.
He has been on several work missions, five to Haiti, and one each to Alaska, Costa Rica, and Bacon College which were sponsored. He taught all Sunday School grade levels and while in Switz City led the Baptist Youth Fellowship group. After suffering a stroke, he began oil painting. He and his wife Dorothy served as grandparents at a Junior High Camp and Indian Creek Baptist Camp near Bedford. They also participated in Macedonian Weekend Ministries. He served as a deacon and teacher at the Switz City and Salem Baptist Churches.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Linton, and former president and Honorary Exchange Club member of Salem. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Indiana American Baptist Churches.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Miller) Yake of Switz City; one daughter Pat and husband Gary Woodall of Switz City; three sons, Stanley and wife Pat Yake of Fort Wayne, Arlo Dallas and wife Bonnie of Dover, N.J., Tony and wife Cindy Yake of Warner-Robbins, Ga.; one former son-in-law, Davis Max Hasler of Cincinnati, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Hasler; three brothers, Robert, Herman, and Charles Yake; and two sisters, Wilda Olwin and Mary Chase.
Funeral service will be at Welch and Cornett Funeral Home Linton Chapel at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with the Rev. David Tyra officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Chapel Cemetery near Newberry.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today, and after 9 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday.