Larry Joseph Yates

Larry Joseph Yates

Larry Joseph Yates, 72, of Cobden, Illinois, lost his battle to cancer on Friday, April 24, 2020, at 4:55 a.m. at his home, surrounded by his wife and family. 

He was born on Sept. 18, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph Highland Yates and Neda Monica Wilder Yates. 

He married Sheila Shadowens on Nov. 26, 2013.

Mr. Yates is survived by his wife and best buddy Sheila of Cobden; his daughter, Lisa Marie Yates, and two stepsons, Bronson and Branden Shadowens, along with three granddaughters, Katelyn, Kinnley and Logan, all of Cobden; three sisters, Susan Denise Yates of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Ann Yates of Martin, Tenn., and Lori Lucille Albers (Myron) of Alto Pass; nieces and nephews Amy M. Martindale, Heather R. Toler (Roddy), Timothy Free Yates Jr. (Kami) and Jonathan C. Albers.

Mr. Yates was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Neda Yates; his brother, Timothy Free Yates; his son, Larry Joseph Yates Jr.; and his nephew,Daniel J. Yates, all of Cobden IL.

Mr. Yates attended Allen Park High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965, retiring as a Sergeant E-5. During his career in the Marine Corps he served in the Vietnam War and received commendations and badges for Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship, Good Conduct Medals, a Navy Unit Commendation, a Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit and the Gallantry Cross. He attended the United States Military Police and Provost Marshal General Schools for Criminal and Drug Investigations. 

Following his Vietnam service, he served as a Marine recruiter and worked for his family’s business, Gulf Service Station and Woodmere Auto Parts in Detroit, Mich., Cobden and ending in Anna prior to his retirement.

Mr. Yates was affiliated with the Elks Club and was a lifetime member of the VFW’s Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455. He also shared his passion for golf with his son Larry Jr. and a few close golfing friends. He golfed at Union County and Stone Creek Country Clubs, along with annual trips to courses from Michigan to Alabama.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Cobden High School Golf Athletics and the VFW’s Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455.

Due to current health concerns, private graveside services with military honors for Larry Joseph Yates will be held at Ebenezer Hall Cemetery in Lick Creek. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden is in charge of arrangements.

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