William David Yerkes

March 02, 1950 ‒ March 09, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

William David Yerkes, 70, of Delaware, passed away at his residence on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 6:10 p.m. He was born on March 2, 1950 in Northville, Michigan to the late Edmund and Margaret (Buzzard) Yerkes. He married Margaret Smolko on November 21, 2001, and she survives.

Other survivors include one son, Giancarlo (Elisabeth) Yerkes of California, from his first marriage to Lina Yerkes; one step daughter, Mary (Joe) Fondriest of Powell; three step-grandchildren, Paul, Kate, and Frances; one nephew, Michael; and his beloved four leg companion, Skip. He was preceded in death by one brother, Chuck.

Mr. Yerkes was a 1968 graduate of Northville High School. Immediately following graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served his country from October of 1968 to October of 1979 as a Seabee. After his time in the military, he went on to open and operate many pizza establishments across the United States. This career as an entrepreneur lasted from 1987 to his retirement in 2015. He was famously known as the owner and operator of Bono Pizza. In his free time, he enjoyed writing, reading, and spending time with his grandkids. A service to honor Bill’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve Mr. Yerkes and the Yerkes family.

  • Bill had a great sense of humor – he liked to make everyone laugh- He was a kind hearted man and cared a lot about helping the less fortunate. I have so many memories with Bill. I think my fondest are the years spent in Sicily, Italy eating delicious brioche and granite together. (special Italian ice and sweet bun). He had a very special relationship with his son Giancarlo Yerkes from birth to present. Bill’s love for his son was unconditional — they were the best of friends from the beginning. His humor and kindness will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be greatly missed.

  • I send my condolences to his wife and family. A special wish to Mary and Joe of sympathy and to the little ones memories happy times with Bill.from Patricia Fondriest Filigno

  • Peggy, our family truly loved Bill and you! Bill was such a special fixture in our Ashlee’s young life. He was always thinking of her when he found special toys that she liked. She will never forget Spongebob and the Victorian dollhouse and Woody!!

    The love and support you both gave our older girls is a debt I will never be able to repay. Please know that you were and are an important part of our family.

    Thank you, Bill, for your big heart and crazy sense of humor. We are truly blessed to have known and loved you!

    Peggy, you are in hearts and prayers…

    Marty, Paul and Ashlee Adams

  • Peggy, we just heard about Bill. We were just talking about him a couple of days ago. So sorry for your loss. We loved him; so sorry we grew apart after we left Ohio. Stay strong