H. Wayne Yarman

March 14, 1922 ‒ April 07, 2002

Mt. Vernon, Ohio

H. Wayne Yarman, age 80, of Amity, died Sunday, April 7, 2002 at the Country Club Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon. He was born March 4, 1922 in Pike Township to Ronald Paul and Eva (Burson) Yarman. He lived most of his life in Knox County. He retired in 1982 from the office of Executive Vice-President of the International Union of the United Glass and Ceramic Workers of North America. He was also a retired former employee of the Pittsburgh Plate and Glass Company after 40 years of service. The effective collective bargaining agreement kept Mr. Yarman’s seniority going while he was on leave to perform his union duties. He served as President of Mt. Vernon Local Union #20 where he represented the local employees. He was an active and supporting member of the Amity United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the United States Army Air Force. He served two terms on the Amity Schools Board of Education and was a member of the board when the voters elected to merge with the Mt. Vernon Schools District. He served as the President of the Knox County Labor Council and served on the County Child Welfare Board. He served as President of the Knox Community Hospital Foundation and then on the Knox Community Hospital Board of Directors. In 1954, Mr. Yarman was the only applicant from Ohio to receive a Ford Foundation Study Grant. He attended the University of Chicago where he studied Liberal Adult Education. In 1955, he was offered and accepted a position as a International Representative with the United Glass Workers Union. In this position, he serviced local unions in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. He served in this capacity until 1965 when he was a candidate for and was elected to the office of International Union Vice-President. He held this office until his retirement in 1982. Following his retirement, he spent uncounted hours visiting the sick and shut-ins in area rest homes.

Mr. Yarman had a great love for the church. He taught various Sunday School classes over a period of some 40 years. In addition, he served in most of the Church offices and on Church committees. He also served as the Sunday School Superintendent for some 20 years. He has been quoted as saying, “Anything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to the Christian Church in general and the Amity United Methodist Church in particular.

Mr. Yarman is survived by his wife and help-mate of 60 years, Ruth A. (Breckler) Yarman. Also surviving are five children, Paul Wayne of Bellville, John Stephen (Patricia) of Mt. Vernon, Ronald Eugene (Rita) of Howard, Eva Ruth Ann Summers (Scott) of Sparta and Miles Arthur of Gahanna, Ohio. There are 12 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Grandchildren and, in addition, Mr. Yarman’s sister, Mrs. Emogene D’agostino of Tuckahoe, New Jersey.

Mr. Yarman’s parents preceded him in death in the early 1920’s when he was still a child. Wayne was raised by his maternal Grand-Mother, Emma L. Burson and an Uncle, Miles R. Burson, who are also both deceased. Mr. Yarman is also predeceased by one Grandson, Troy Yarman and a Daughter-in-Law, Barbara Yarman.

Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 10 AM at the Amity United Methodist Church with Reverends Phillip McMurrin and William Pursel officiating. Burial will be in Amity Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Amity United Methodist Church, 16659 Wooster Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050

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