George Ellsworth Yates

October 08, 1926 ‒ August 22, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

George Ellsworth Yates, age 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Brookdale Care Center surrounded by his loving family.  Retired Bell Telephone Pioneer.  Veteran U.S. Navy, WWII, South Pacific.  Born in Buchtel, OH, the eldest of 11 children of the late Albert and Ethel Yates. George would reminisce about the miner’s house they all lived in.  George was a wonderful husband to Imogene who preceded him in death.  Known for keeping a low profile and his difficulty in making decisions, George was a solid, dependable, sweet man, he never complaned and he was liked by everyone.  He enjoyed gardening, yardwork and reading westerns and most recently military dramas by author Clyde Cussler.  George was also tender-hearted, crying, particularly while watching Lassie movies.  George loved his family and spending time with them.  He especially loved his grandkids, Tiffany, Rene’e and Ryan.  Preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife; son, Mark Anthony Yates; sisters, Ginny, Barbara and Eunice; brothers, Bill and Harley; niece, Malia Bennett; nephew, Jim Berry.  Survived by daughters, Janice Joy Yates of Clintonville, Melody (Rick) Fairchild of Howard, OH; brothers, Danny and Donald; sisters, Kathleen, Diane and Phyllis; grandchildren, Tiffany (Doug) Schlater, Rene’e (Steve) Fairchild-Jackson, Ryan (Jenn) Fairchild; great-grandchildren, Tara Lynn Schlater and Tristan Shea Fairchild; many nieces and nephews including; Jolaine (Yanni) Konstantinides, Michael (Joy) Scholl, Renee (Danny) Smith, Robert (Carla) Scholl and Robert Berry.  Friends may call 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, August 24, 2018 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 61 N. State Route 61, (at State Route 3), Sunbury, OH.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 307 South Market Street, Danville, OH  43014.  Father Homer Blubaugh, Celebrant. Interment with military honors to follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Lancaster, OH.  George’s family wishes to thank the warm and caring staffs at Brookdale-Mt. Vernon and Kindred Hospice, especially Brian and Michelle, for their kind and compassionate care.  DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve George’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at

  • My sincerest condolences to the George Ellsworth family. May your memories give peace to your broken hearts.

  • We are so sorry for your loss and send our heartfelt prayers to you and all of your family!

  • We will always treasure the happy moments we shared with Uncle George.
    Love always,
    Yanni, Jolaine, Michael, Nicholas, Sofia, Jason and Vivianna

  • So sorry to learn of George’s passing! This is Charlene Core- a very god friend of George and Imogene’s Now they are together again. I am so sorry for your loss and my heartfelt prayers are extended to you and all the family. I have so many good memories of wonderful times spent together with them. I regret that I will be unable to attend either the viewing or the funeral but I will keep you in my heart and prayers.

  • So sorry to learn of George’s passing, he was a chater and loyal member of Knights of Columbus, Council 11188 at Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Helping the Council with many Fish Fries and other charity projects.

    May the knowledge that George and Imogene are together again help ease your pain and sorrow in his passing.

    Steven Doyle, Grand Knight of Council 11188

  • My deepest sympathies and prayers for George and his family. George was a wonderful member of Church of Our Lady and a great husband to Imogene. It was a joy to have known him. May God and the heavenly hosts rejoice at his joining them. Hold George in your loving arms, our Heavenly Father.

  • We are sadden to hear of George’s passing, We will miss delivering books
    to him.
    The Outreach Department
    Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County