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Tracy Yates

Born: Thu., Jul. 25, 1963
Died: Sun., Jul. 7, 2013


Visitation

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 10, 2013
Location: Hite Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 11, 2013
Location: Hite Funeral Home


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TRACY S. YATES, age 49, of Kendallville, died unexpectedly early Sunday morning, July 7, 2013 at his home.
Tracy was born in Kendallville on July 25, 1963 to Donald Yates and Lora (Wallen) Kurtz.  His father preceded him in death. He graduated from East Noble High School in 1982 and he married Tonya Sue Weber on June 8, 1985 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Avilla.  Tracy was employed with Graphic Packaging in Kendallville for the past 15 years.  He loved fishing, karaoke, fireworks and traveling with Tonya.  His granddaughter, Samarah, was the “apple of his eye” and he very proud of all of his family.   Tracy was very creative and he could build and fix anything.

Survivors include:
His wife, Tonya Yates of Kendallville.
Daughter, Lyndee Yates of Kendallville.
Daughter, Kristin Yates of Fort Wayne.
Granddaughter, Samarah Mears of Kendallville.
Mother, Lora and Larry Kurtz of Orland.
Brother, William and Julie Yates of Kendallville.
Brother, Bart and Bonnie Yates of Kelso, Washington.
Brother, Phil and Jody Yates of Logansport.
Brother, Gradis Yates of Kendallville.
Brother, Tim and Tracy Yates of Kendallville.
Sister, Angie Easterday of Kendallville.
Sister, Jackie and Mark Feller of LaGrange.
Sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Gale Berning of Kendallville.
Sister and brother-in-law, Angie Weber and Arthur Stacy both of Kendallville.
Brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Angie Weber of Albion.
A host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 2:00-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Christian Chapel Cemetery in Merriam, Indiana.
Preferred memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, Riley Hospital for Children or the Ronald McDonald House.
Casketbearers  will be his brothers, Bill, Phil, Bart, Gradis, and Tim and nephew, Trevor.
Send a condolence to the familyof Tracy at www.hitefuneralhome.com or Find Us On Facebook.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville, Indiana

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Kim & Lynn
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
Tonya, girls and the entire family - We are numb over this. We are thankful we were able to spend the day with him yesterday & pray for your comfort in knowing that you have a world of support surrounding you - today and always!! We love you!!!!

Jamie Halmagyi and family
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
My heart goes out to your family. I wish you all strength and peace in this time.

Kathy Jones
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
Tonya and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Kathy Jones

Nanette and Dave Anderson
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. We just met Tracy on Saturday canoeing at Mongo. Deepest sympathy to his family.

Tina Luttman
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
Tonya,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. I know that your family and friends will be there to help you through this difficult time. Take care and God bless you and your family.

Tina Luttman

Dee and Bill
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
To the family of Tracy....we are so very sorry for his loss. No words can describe the pain and sorrow we feel for you at this time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers will continue through the days, weeks and months ahead. Dee and Bill.

Terri Downing Sowards
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. God bless each of you.

Jeff and Dora Rhodes
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Hugs and Prayers to your family! Jeff really loved him!God Bless,jeff,Dora and Isaiah Rhodes

Kelly Walkup
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya,
I am so sorry. What a shock. I know Tracy was an important part of your life. I feel so bad for you and your girls. I will always remember when Tracy went to Green Bay with us. He was really a terrific guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kelly Walkup

Julie and Steve Blankenship
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya and family

Steve and I are so sorry for your loss. Tracy was a great guy always had a smile on his face and a smart comment for Steve everytime we seen him especially about his bald head. Wish we could be there. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers

David and Lori Preston
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya, Lyndee, Kristin - and baby Samarah - We are so sorry for your loss. This is such a shock, and there are absolutely no words to describe the hurt we feel for you. You are all family to us, and if ever you need anything, we will come running. I know Tracy would do the same if it were one of us. Tracy was one of our favorite people, and he will never be forgotten. Hold on to your memories, no one can ever take those from you. We love you all !!

Lisa Chapman & Tony Duehmig
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya and family,

I am still shocked by all of this. Saturday was such an awesome day. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers. May you find comfort in the difficult days ahead. We are here for you for whatever you need. Love and hugs, Lisa & Tony

Jack and Bernice Coburn
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya and Family,

We are so sorry for you loss. Let us know if you need anything.

Jack and Bernice

Alanna McGuire (Coffelt)
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Dear Tonya,

My sons went to school with you and your brother Todd, and I went to school with your mom in Kville in the 1960s. I am so very sorry you lost your husband. He sounds like a wonderful person and I am sure you will feel his loss for a long time. Please know your many friends and family are there for your support.

Alanna Coffelt, Mother of David, John and Steven McGuire.

Carmen Nash
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Dear Tonya,

You're in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you in this time of need. May the many years of wonderful memories comfort you now and in going forward. If you need anything at all please let me know.

Take care and God bless. I'll be in touch later.

Carmen Nash


kayla preston
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya and girls
Words can't explain what a good man Tracy was, he was one of my favorite people you guys were blessed with him. All the memories you had with him hold on to those they will last forever . If u ever need anything I'm here for you all. I love you guys and so did he don't ever forget that!

Bernice Coburn
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
I am so sorry for you and your girls loss.Tracy was just such a great person.He was a joy to be around, always a big smile that lit up is face.He will be missed by all.

Dan Hart
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Growing up in the Kendallville community and attending East Noble h.s. I knew Tracey just a little. My condolences go to the entire Yates family. A loss like this is tragic and I feel for you all.

Tony & April Pasquali
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya and family,
So sorry to hear about Tracy.
You are in our thoughts & prayers.

Bobbie Isaacson & Pam Munger Families
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya,

We cant express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. We all loved him very much. He was truly a blessing and touched so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the girls. We love you all so much!


TONY AND SARAH TRUAX
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
My family and I are so sorry for your loss and will pray for your family! I was lucky enough to get to know Tracy through work and had many conversations with him on everything from sports to our kids behavior. I just never thought Tracy would be gone so soon! I know he loved his family by some of our conversations and I was glad to have had the opportunity to know him! Again, I am so sorry for your loss and will pray for your family!!


Bill & Davette Miller
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Yates family,
So sorry for your loss. Time is too short. Praying for comfort and strength .

Nancy Lewis Hathaway
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya and Family,

The Hathaway's and Lewis' are keeping you in our prayers and happy thoughts. May the love and support of your faith, family, and friends, along with your cherished memories with Tracy that you hold, give you solace and sustain your peace.

Holly Thompson
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Holly

Jayne Martin (cousin) & Family
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss.Our prayers and thoughts go out to you,and your family.

Don Howard
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
my heart goes out to all the family Tracy was a great friend I had the pleasure of growing up around him,i remember he played van halen for us has we played wiffle ball outside the house on wayne street all around one of the best guys he will be missed

Dave and Regina Christian
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Tonya, Lyndee, Kristen, Samara, family (and DeeDee),
We are so sorry for your loss. We know how much Tracy loved you all, how much he loved being on the lake, singing karaoke, and laughing! Take comfort in the many smiles, hugs, and laughter you shared. Our lives are fuller from your friendship. We both have a huge hole in our hearts for the loss of our friend. Please know we are here for you.

Ken and Marsha Henry
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
I am still stunned by the news of Tracy passing away at such an early age. I remember him all the way back to his wrestling days at East Noble but mostly because of my time working with him. I know how much each member of his family meant to him. He was very proud of his family and wasn't shy about letting people know that. My deepest sympathy to all who have known him and loved him. I will pray for solace for the family and friends in a time of sorrow.

Marvin Lee
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the honor of working with Tracy for a project and he was one of the kindest (and happiest) men I have met. He will be missed dearly.

Marla Miller
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Tonya,
My heart breaks for you. Sending hugs your way. I am so sorry for your loss.

Scott Hutchins
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Very sorry to hear of your loss.
Scott Hutchins

Kristin Stillman
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Tonya and family,

Our condolences to you and the entire family during this sad time. Try to find comfort from the memories of a loving life together. Sending caring thoughts and prayers your way.

Kristin Stillman

Kenneth and Cherri Marcum
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Both my wife and I had the pleasure of getting to know Tracy through about twelve years of working together. He was always friendly and full of jokes and smiles, no matter the situation.
Our deepest sympathy to the family for this sudden and tragic loss.

Will Smith
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Tonya,

My heart goes out to you and your family. You are all in our prayers.

Will Smith

Les Nivens
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
My thoughts and prayers to you Tonya and to all Of the Yates Family. Tracy was always there for a young wrestler, and taught me the ropes. I had the pleasure in seeing him more lately and he and I always joked with each other the way that guys do. My memories come pouring in, and I will miss him dearly. I know that he was very proud of his family. I can hear his Tracy snicker as he looks down on us with his Father.

Anisa Leitch
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Tonya and Family:

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this time of need. Always cherish the memories because no one can take them away.

Anisa and Austin

Susan (Spidel) Norris
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
To the entire Yates Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have great neighborhood memories with you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Shelby Norris
   Posted Tue July 09, 2013
Tracy & Family,
My heart is just broken for you at this news and at your loss. There are not words big enough to help you in this time. So just know that you are being thought of and prayed for.

Tonya, your kindness, warm spirit, and encouragement to me while I worked with you at the Red Cross was a reflection of the love and joy you have in your life. I will pray that this love will strengthen you during this time of grief, and support you in these coming days. Praying for your entire family.
Shelby

Troy Campbell
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are extended to Tonya and the entire Yates family. This is a tremendous shock to all who knew Tracy.

Peggy Brower
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya, Lora and Larry, Bill, Bart, Phil, Grit, Angie, Tim, and Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of Tracy's unexpected death. I know nothing I say can help that much right now, but do know that I'm praying for you all and love you and if and when you want to talk to me I'll be there for you. I'm sorry I can't come up. I just got home from a Compassionate Friends Conference in Boston last night and this is my first day back to work. Take care all.

Tod and Teresa Croft
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya,

God will be with you through this difficult time. Hold on to the memories and no matter how much time our families are apart, there exists a special bond for you in our hearts.
We are praying for your family.

RANDY COMBS
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
YOU AND THE BROTHERS WERE GREAT TO BE AROUND WHEN WE WERE KIDS, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE AS YOU AGED. I KNOW YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY !!!
GOD SPEED

KellyFought and Family
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya and family - So very sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Michele Smith
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya and girls,

We are so sorry to hear of Tracy's unexpected death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jason, Michele, Alex, Evan and Emmy Smith

Brianna Martin Hursey
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
My heart goes out to every member of Tracy's family, especially Tonya, Lyndee, Kristin & Samarah, and I am very sorry for your loss. I got to know Tracy when I baby-sat for Lyndee and Kristin a few times. He was a funny guy, who always seemed to be smiling, and absolutely loved his girls. Since that time he has worked with my dad at Graphic Packaging, and frequently asked my dad about me and passed along his congratulations in good times. Even though it had been quite a few years, he remembered me and wished me well, because he cared about others and wanted them to know it. Tracy will be greatly missed by many, myself included, and I am certainly thinking of and praying for you during this difficult time.

Andrea Croft & Family
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya & Family,
So sorry to hear about Tracy. Wee will miss him dearly. I know that Dawn will miss the way he always gave her a hard time at Walmart. Your family will always hold a special place in our hearts because you were not just our friends but you were also part oif our family.

With Deepest Sympathy
Andrea, Dawn & Juan Croft & Justin"Slug" Morr.

Tiffany Vowles
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
I only knew Tracy through work and didn't get to spend much time with him. But the last time I saw him we were doing a lean event and spent 2 days sitting by each other. He couldn't stop talking about his grand daughter. His smile was contagious when he showed me the pictures he had of her on his phone. Tracy seemed to me to be a man who lived with little regret. He spoke his mind and had a great sense of humor. My heart goes out to his wife, his girls, his grand daughter, and his brother (Grit) whom I had the pleasure of working with. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kurt Jones
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
I would like to express my sympathy to the Yate's family, I was a vendor at Graphic Packaging for many years and enjoyed getting to know Tracy. I am truly sorry for his untimely passing.

Mike Bilbee
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya and family,

I was shocked to here the news, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mike

Iolet and Randy
   Posted Wed July 10, 2013
Tonya I am just heartbroken for you and your family! I know there are no words to take away your pain but remember that everyone is praying and thinking of all of you and are there for you to lean on! I know you have already heard this over and over but please if you or the girls need anything at all please don't hesitate to ask! Hugs my friend!

Paris Fetters
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
So terribly sorry for your sudden loss. I can't imagine the grief you are experiencing. Only God knows the reason for taking him home so soon. Praying for comfort for your family as you begin this "new" life path that God now has you on.

Roberta Montel
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
Tonya -

I am so sorry for your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Roberta

Frances Foster and family
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
Tanya, and family, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss of your husband. You are an amazing woman and so wonderful to others. It sounds like he was that way too...you and your family are in our prayers and please know I'm hugging you from afar.

Kim LaGrand-Moorehead
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
Tonya,

I've not had the pleasure of meeting you, but we are Red Cross family. My prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family at this time and in the days to come when you will need comforting. God Bless!

Gwynne Ruckman
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
I just wanted to let the family know how sorry I am to hear of the loss of Tracy. I've been praying for comfort & peace for each of you. I am so sorry.

Anita Shepherd
   Posted Mon July 15, 2013
Tonya,

We are so sorry for your loss.

You and your family are in our continued thoughts and prayers!




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