OBITUARY

Gordon Carl Yaeger

November 20, 1949April 4, 2019
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Gordon Carl Yaeger, Age 69, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Thursday April 4, 2019, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon A. Yaeger and Luci Alger; his daughter, Colleen Yaeger and his beloved sisters, Sandy Cole, Andrea Yaeger, and Barb Reed. He is survived by his loving wife, Tamsen Jane Yaeger; son, Jacob Yaeger and daughter-in-law, Chantericka Yaeger of Chicago. He is also survived by sisters, Kris VanderBoon, Sue Weemhoff, and Lynn Yaeger, and brother, John Yaeger, and the many loving and fun nieces and nephews who Gordie was proud to be their “Uncle Gordie”. Gordon lived through a passion for teaching school aged kids, which he discovered after volunteering at his son’s school. Soon, he had vigorously succeeded in achieving a Master’s Degree in education, and touched the lives of many young people. They would often recall how he would cook for them in class. Throughout his life, Gordon was an avid musician and played the drums. He found joy in the outdoors, fishing and in particular, reading, having a positive impact in the lives of children, and being a wonderful father and husband. A Celebration of Life will take place at Reyers North Valley Chapel on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from Noon until 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either, Great Lakes Caring hospice, 630 Kenmoor Ave. SE #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter, West Michigan Office, 2944 Fuller Ave NE #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

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  • Celebration of Life Sunday, April 14, 2019
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Gordon Carl Yaeger

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LuAnn Takens

April 14, 2019

We are very saddened in Gordon's passing. What a wonderful neighbor he was as are all of you. Always lending a helping hand when needed and always there even in the sad and happy moments. Gordon and Tammy helped us with the passing of our dogs, Max and Jake, which as animal lovers is very hard. Truly kind-hearted and loving people that we are happy to have as friends and neighbors. Our hearts go out to you Tammy and Jake and family for your loss. Prayers to all of you. Gordon was loved and very missed. God bless you all. We believe Gordon is in Heaven now watching over you all. He is probably playing with Lobo, Max and Jake.

Sara Royston

April 14, 2019

Gordie was an amazing person to teach alongside. He cared deeply for his colleagues and students. He once bought my son a stuffed animal at Christmas time just because he knew I was going to through some personal struggles. He was so humble and so generous. I feel so lucky to have known him. My love to his family and friends, Sara

Judy Strickler

April 12, 2019

Tammy and Jake
It is so nice to see all the wonderful photos of Gordie. Since Tim and I only knew you and Gordie in recent years, it is a treat to get a glimpse into the years before we met you. Thank you for sharing the photo of the 4 of us. That was a fun get together. Please know I am praying for you and your family.

Anjie Manuel

April 12, 2019

Mr Yaeger was such a loving and caring teacher at Vista. Our family was blessed to have him become a part of our lives as he taught both of our boys and one was blessed to have him two years in a row. I remember visiting him when he had surgery once. He's the reason when I cook corn on the cob I add sugar. He was a great cook. We have many great memories. My sincere condolences to his family. Prayers and love for you all.

Becky Solis

April 12, 2019

Mr. Yeager was my favorite 3rd grade teacher he would always cook for us and really did everything for us to have a great education and have fun. Mr. Yeager is the reason I have decided to be a teacher, his passion showed and he loved what he did. Once I was old enough to drive I headed back to my old elementary school (Vista Charter Academy) in search for Mr.Yeager little did I know that he had retired. But I still kept him in my mind and heart and knew that I wanted to be that awesome teacher and change those kids lives. Like he did for me. He will be missed my respects to his family.

Judy Richcreek

April 11, 2019

Tammy and Jake,
So sorry for your loss. I remember dancing at your beautiful wedding. Gordie was such a great guy. We will all miss him. We were blessed to know him. Our prayers are with you and Jake.

Julie Waclawski

April 8, 2019

I can't find the words to express my sorrow about Gordy's sudden death. A more wonderful friend I've never had the honor of knowing and working with. Gordy will be remembered for many things, but the smiles he brought to every child crowded around him should be a reminder to us all that one person CAN make a difference.

Comfort and Peace, my friend,
Julie

Kate, Matt, Rosie and Lucy

April 7, 2019

We will miss you Gordie! He was absolutely one of a kind. I’ll always remember him and Lobo. Love you Tammy.

Sue Weemhoff

April 7, 2019

So glad Gordie met you Tammy. What an awesome couple you made!! Our hearts go out to you for the next years will be an adjustment. May God lift you up and surround you with His love. Gordie was always fun and light hearted. He will be missed by many.

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