Melvin R. Yeatman Jr.

November 16, 1959 ‒ November 07, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Melvin (Rick) Richard Yeatman, 60, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, succumbed to cancer at home in the early morning hours of November 7, 2020 with his wife at his side.

He was born November 16, 1959 in Vineland, New Jersey to Melvin and Cinda (Marie) Yeatman (Smarr). Rick spent majority of his life between Mount Vernon and the Charleston, WV area.

Rick is survived by his wife Peggy (Goudy) of 27 years, daughters Wendy (George) Robertson, Mindy (Rodney) Ferrell both of Mount Vernon, Rikki (Dave Carpenter) Yeatman of Bellville, OH, sons Melvin (McKenzie Campbell) Yeatman III of Mount Vernon, Michael Moore of Charleston, WV, and a nephew who he considered his son Daniel (Danny) Goudy. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Ailani and Georgia Robertson, Rodney and Katherine Ferrell, Silas Kipp, Bailey Yeatman, Kally Moore, Drake Bosart, Isaac Spurling, and Hank Carpenter. In addition to his immediate loved ones, he is survived by sisters Iva (Cookie) Fowler of Charleston, WV, Brenda Hedrick of Mansfield, OH, brothers Anthony (Stephanie) Yeatman of St. Albans, WV, Jeremy (Jay) Yeatman of Charleston, WV, step-mom Frankie Yeatman of Charleston, WV, many nieces and nephews, and several close friends that he considered more like family.

Rick lived a colorful life and lived it to its fullest even while battling cancer. He married Peggy in September of 1993 and they stood by one another through everything and more often than not were not far apart from one another. He liked fishing, camping, and having backyard barbecues where everyone gathered. He was an unwavering Ford enthusiast. Rick had an uncanny ability to be the life of a party and leave you laughing during any situation. During his life he operated his own tow truck, was a self made mechanic, as well as an experienced roofer. In his younger years, Rick was always on the go and had his hands in a little of everything. During his later years he preferred to be at home with family. Anywhere he went, it always took longer than it should have as he would run into someone he knew who wanted to chat. Rick was fiercely loyal and never left you wondering where he stood during any conversation or situation, but would literally give you the shirt off his back. He could turn any topic into a story about someone he knew or something he experienced because of the many things he had seen or done. Those who knew Rick to his core knew what it was like to love him as much as you wanted to throat punch him at the same time. He was himself at all times and never pretended for anyone’s sake.  While he experienced many things in his life, it was being “Paw Paw” that he loved the most.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charles (Chuck) Yeatman, grandchildren Aryan Moore and Marilyn Yeatman, his much loved Mother-in-law Hellen Goudy, and a special cousin Donald Sapp Jr.

He will be dearly missed by his loved ones but honoring his wishes there will be no public services to celebrate his life. A private gathering will be held at a later time.

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Melvin R. Yeatman Jr.


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  • Sending condolences from the everharts.
    We all sure loved rick and will hold him in our hearts and memories..
    Sending prayers..

  • Met Rick when him, his mom and Chucky first moved to Mt. Vernon around 1972. They lived a street over from my parents house. We became friends from the very beginning and remained friends from then on. We didn’t see much of each other as we got older and life got in the way but when we did it was nothing but smiles and good memories. I’m gonna miss him. Thanks for the friendship growing up and always being there Rick. It meant a lot and I’ll always consider you my brother.

  • Rick will be greatly missed by all that knew him well. He definitely had a knack for making everyone around him smile. We will hold many fond memories of him. He was a true friend to Kevin. Thinking of you all at this rough time.

  • I’m so sorry Peggy and kids. Rick was a character but you had to love him! I know you will all have an emptiness for the rest of your lives, but you will have so many great memories to look back on. Love you all- little Bev

  • Rick was always one of a kind. My memories of him make me laugh still to this day. It was one of my favor things watching him and my Dad joke and tear things apart in the garage. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Sending so much love to his family <3

  • Rick was a family friend of many years. Always made people around him smile. Always ready to help. He will be missed a great deal. My prayers go out to his loved ones.

  • He was a great man, always there when someone needed helped. He never left you stranded. He always knew where to get something when you felt like you hit a brick wall. He will be missed by many and loved by alot. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this rough time. Love of love from the Hatten, Peck and Temple Family

  • Thank you for letting me be part of your family you are my friend and my brother and you will missed by many. If you know Rick then you know one of the greatest people ever. I will miss you Peggy my heart goes out to you and the kids

  • Where do i began
    Not only one of my best friends someone i called my family my brother, you would give the shirt of your back for anyone. A good honest person
    You will be forever missed but never forgotten.
    Good memories good times
    We love you rick. ❤
    My thoughts and love to your kids grandkids and wife

  • Rest in peace, Rick
    You were a great man, and Peg was real lucky to have you as a husband. You forever pushed for what you wanted in life. You’re going to be missed sorely