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Shelly "SG" G. Yates

February 29, 1932November 13, 2020

Shelly (SG) Yates Princeville. Shelly Gene Yates, 88, of Peoria passed to his heavenly home on November 13, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. Born February 29, 1932 in Altus, Oklahoma to Shelly H. Yates and Eugenia Stevenson, he married Mary (Sue) Harvey on June 20, 1954 in Altus. Sue preceded him in death on August 9, 2012 in Peoria. Surviving are four children, Richard Yates (Debbie) of Sarasota, Florida, Connie Shepherd (Hurley) of Memphis, Tennessee, Sharon Trussler (Freddie) of Peoria, and Pam Wineinger (Steve) of Princeville and many grandchildren and great grands. Shelly joined the National Guard and served his country in Korea. After graduating college with degrees in chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State and Oklahoma State University, Shelly moved his family to Peoria and worked at the US Department of Agriculture lab in Peoria. After his retirement from the USDA in 1987 he taught chemistry labs at Bradley University. Shelly was a deacon at Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria. Shelly loved the outdoors and spent many family vacations camping around the US and Canada. He was well known as a guitar player and entertainer and comfortable with the banjo and harmonica. His deep bass voice will be missed from the Woodland Baptist choir. There will be a private ceremony at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria where Shelly will be buried next to Sue. Memorials can be made to Illinois Cancer Care in Peoria.

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Mike Yates

November 16, 2020

Grandpa was a Renaissance man; a husband, a father, grandfather, mentor, a Chemist, a professor, black belt in karate, multi-instrumental musician, artist in all kinds of media-most notable carving, and a Korean War US Army veteran.

He was a titan of kindness, humility, empathy, and selflessness.

But I think if I could sum him up in just one word is grace.

He lived a Matthew 25: 40 life, and was a fearless servant man of God.

Rest in peace Grandpa, be with Grandma Sue and we all look forward to seeing you and her again.

Richard Tompkins

November 16, 2020

I have known Shelly for the past 46 years. During that time he has been one of my dearest friends. I will miss him greatly. I have many wonderful memories of the two of us playing our guitars and singing together. During one of the darkest hours of my life Shelly and Sue where there to comfort me. Shelly was a wonderful man of God and heaven is blessed to have him there together with Sue. I am so thankful to God for allowing Shelly to be a part of my life.

Stan Zehr

November 15, 2020

Sympathies to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Sue for a number of years, and came to know Shelly through that connection. He was a really nice and friendly man.

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