Don Yonker - October 08, 2011Donald “Don” E. Yonker, 78, of Phillips, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at the Hamilton Manor in Aurora.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Phillips. The Rev. Marta Wheeler will be officiating. Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery in Grand Island.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island. Memorials are suggested to be given in care of the family.
Don was born on Aug. 4, 1933 in Marion to John and Lula (Winter) Yonker. He moved to Phillips in 1941 and graduated from Phillips High School in 1950. He left Phillips High School early to help support his brothers and sisters and later married Charlene Green in 1951.
He moved his young family to Colorado to work in the mines of Fremont Pass with the Climax Mining Company for one year. They then returned to Phillips where he worked as Yonker Cabinet Shop in his early years, building homes in the Phillips and Grand Island area. After that he became a working co-owner and manager of B & Y Building Supply until approximately 1987. He was known to be very straightforward and fair in his dealings with his business associates. He married Patricia Joseph in 1996.
He was very active in the life of Phillips. He was on the Village Board for many years and also served as Fire Chief. He was instrumental in developing parts of Phillips and donated the last street in memory of his mother, Lula.
He was involved in his children’s life, including Scouts, coaching softball and baseball. In his later years he cherished time spent with his grandchildren and their activities.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Phillips, the Liederkranz and the Eagles. He enjoyed woodworking and dancing.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Patricia “Pat” Yonker, daughters, Monica (Ed) Steenburg of Ogallala, Teresa (Steve) Cole of Holdrege; sons, David Yonker of Johnson Lake and Jeff (Nola) Yonker of Brady; step-children and their spouses, Cheri and Scott Kuhl of Central City and Julie and Jurgen Milz of Central City; sisters and brother-in-law, Nadine Davis of Ventura, Calif. and Lois and Don Schuster of Phillips; brother, Lowell Yonker of Shreveport, La.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Roy W. Skinner; brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Darlene Yonker; brother-in-law, Don Davis; and sister-in-law, Allison Yonker.