John Lee Yard
John Lee Yard, 82, of Springfield, died at 12:15 pm, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Heritage Health. He was born January 2, 1930 in Harvel, IL to John James and Leota Blount Yard. He married Jane Pumphery on June 1, 1968, and she survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Kristina Evans of Sherman; two sons, Bill (Mary) Cockrell of Sherman and John (Jessica) Yard of Springfield; two grandsons, Dain Cockrell and Cody Evans and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents and sister, Joan Doolin preceded him in death.
John was an Instructor for the Young Hunters Safety Program with the Department of Natural Resources for over 25 years. He was a volunteer Cub Scouts Leader for Pack 352. He was passionate about hunting and raising Irish Setters.
A resident of Springfield most of his life, John, worked at Sangamon Electric, and then Carpenters Local 16 as a Carpenter Millwright. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard.
Visitation: 4:30 – 7:00 pm, Friday, December 7, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Paul Habing officiating. Burial will follow at Mechanicsburg Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln Land Volunteer Safety Education Instructors.
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The last breath was taken, God had for him a plan. The tears and pleads for Dad not to leave, He totally understands. What are father's if not Angels? Their family is their pride. Devoted to their loved ones, Whom they would gladly give their life. He was sent from Heaven. Right from the very start, An Angel without wings. He touched so many hearts. We know that you are with us. Christmas still won't be the same. Who will be there to yell QUIET? As we play our many games. Mom's Christmas tree is standing. Your family gathered round. Placed upon it just one Angel, To honor such a man. You know how much we love you. Our hearts won't be the same. In my eyes you were a Hero, God has now given you your wings. Written by Me
Jesus told the people that if they had seen Him, they had seen the father. Although I never met Lee, I know his kid, John, a quality individual who is a credit to his father, as I am sure all of his children are as well. Sympathies to all, and prayers for peace in due time.
I will always remember the cookouts at Lee and Janes. Had lots of fun there in my teenage years. He will be greatly missed.
We have alot of fond memories with Lee and family with Pack 352. You have our deepest sympathiy and the family will be in our prayers.
My condolences to the family on your great loss. I grew up with the Yard family camping and with cub scouts. Lee was always fun to be around and have great memories with family outings with him. He will be missed.
Scott Sables posted on 12/7/12
John and Jeassica, sorry to hear of your loss. His legacy will live on especially in the hunting world.