He was born Feb. 20, 1935, in New Paris, Ind., to Waldo Emerson Yeater and Nellie Viola Ebeling. On Sept. 8, 1956, he married Patricia Elaine Slabaugh; she survives.
He resided in Milford from 1935-1964; in Nappanee from 1964-1987; and Chandler, Ariz., from 1987 until the time of his death. He was a custom kitchen designer and a member of Central Christian Church, Mesa, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Lori Lynn Yeater, Superior, Colo.; two sons: Larry Lee Yeater, Elkhart, Ind.; Michael Jon Yeater, New York, N.Y.; and a brother: Harold Oman Yeater, Mesa, Ariz.
A memorial service is being planned to take place in Indiana in the fall for John’s family and friends.