Regis Charles Yoest Jr.
September 17, 1943 – February 11, 2020
Regis Yoest, 76, born September 17, 1943, went home to be with Jesus on February 11, 2020 surrounded by family. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Regis Yoest, Sr. and Pearl Copelin Yoest. He was a brother, husband, father, grandfather, and a great grandfather, but mainly a great friend. While his sister, Pearl Yoest preceded him in death, he is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia Placek Yoest; children, Brian (Shana) Yoest, Michelle Boyle, Cristine (Gerald) Wilkinson and Teri Lea (Christopher) Ahlswede; grandchildren, Sheri (Bobby) Lowe, Brian Yoest, Kacey Amorose, Kayla Amorose, Konner Amorose, Tanner Boyle, Jacob Wilkinson and Adora Belle Ahlswede; great grandchildren, Peyton and Kiley Lowe; and best friend since 1st grade, Rich Brozi. Regis had an incredible life. While attending military grade school, he was leader of his platoon and was offered scholarships to any military high school in the US. He chose to become a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and held the highest rank. But his outgoing personality and love of people led him to the realization that sales was his passion. From sewing machines to insurance, shampoo to pharmaceuticals – he could sell ice to Eskimos. In 1978, he was promoted to Regional Manager for Foster Grant Sunglass Company, and was relocated – along with his wife, Pat - to Denver, Colorado. Not long after, he decided to open up his own retail chain throughout Colorado. Foster Grant blessed him with a rack of sunglasses to get started and Shades of Vail was born. After enjoying the mountains for a few years, they decided to move to warmer weather and ended up in Key West, Florida. They opened six more stores on the island with his son, Brian and were joined by his daughter, Cristine, shortly thereafter.
When he wasn’t golfing or fishing, Regis enjoyed giving back to the community and ran numerous golf and softball tournaments for a variety of charities and causes. He sponsored a myriad of local sports teams and events, directed church festivals, emceed numerous affairs, and judged beauty pageants, but declined countless offers to run for mayor of Key West. Throughout his life, Regis served on the board of directors for United Way of Monroe County, Easter Seals Society, US Navy League of Key West, and the MARC House. Always a leader, he was President of Mountain Shades, Owner of Shades of Vail, Shades of Key West and R & K Wholesale, Inc. and was awarded the 1st Annual Key West Businessman of the Year by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Key West. In 1995, he moved with his wife and youngest daughter, Teri Lea, to Daytona Beach, Florida and fulfilled his life-long dream of retiring on the golf course. But it wasn’t in Rege’s nature to “sit back and relax.” He was very active in the Pelican Bay Country Club and helped organize their Member/Member and Member/Guest tournaments several years in a row. His love of golf and people led him to oversee the annual golf tournaments for Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church as well. By the prompting of Father Ray O’Leary, he came out of “retirement” in 1999 to open the Our Lady of Hope Thrift Store. He and Pat ran the store until 2004, when they decided to take advantage of their RV and work a job that allowed them to travel and camp throughout Florida - something they thoroughly enjoyed.
Regis followed all sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Key West Conchs baseball team. He attended three super bowl games, played and managed men’s and coed softball teams in Pittsburgh, Vail, Key West and Daytona for over 25 years and was fortunate enough to win many league championships throughout the country! He was a youth basketball coach, a cha-cha champion, and founder of the Key West Ski and Scuba Club. He loved to travel and left footprints in Italy, Austria, Cuba, Israel, Mexico, the Caribbean and all over the US. He was never afraid of a microphone and was right at home in the spotlight. He was always on the radio, in the newspaper, or on TV. He almost shaved his iconic mustache for a role as the cook in Tom Hank’s “From the Earth to the Moon” but was relieved when they told him he could keep it. In his later years, he appeared on stage as a sumo wrestler, a can-can dancer, a “wise guy,” Doubting Thomas, and of course, a salesman.
Regis was a man after God’s own heart and lived to serve others. Please join us in honoring his life with a Celebration on Saturday, March 7th @ 11am at Elevate Church Daytona. His heart was to bless the ministry efforts of Elevate Church, so in lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Elevate Church in his honor. Please visit elevatechurchdaytona.com/regisyoestmemorial for more information.
The Regis Yoest Memorial Golf Outing will be Sunday, March 8th at 3pm at New Smyrna Beach Golf Course. Please register by Weds, Feb 26th at https://facebook.com/events/s/regis-yoest-memorial-golf-outi/189182545647275/?ti=icl
- Regis Yoest Memorial
Celebration of Life
2400 S. Ridgewood Ave
Regis Yoest Memorial Golf Outing
New Smyrna Beach Golf Course
1000 Wayne Ave
Regis Charles Yoest Jr.
February 19, 2020
I met Regis playing golf in Key West and we instantly became friends. Spent many years at Shades of Key West, playing softball, watching Steeler games, golfing, ski trips and more, and having a few glasses of wine along the way. In fact, I still live in the house I bought from Regis and Pat. Although we have not spoken in a few years, I will not forget your generosity and friendship. We will meet again my friend......
February 19, 2020
I was lucky enough to have played on many of the softball teams Regis coached in Key West. Was lucky to have met Regis and his family. He will ne missed by all.
February 18, 2020
My favorite memories were every year on my birthday I would ALWAYS get a call, and even if I didn’t answer I’d always have a lengthy message being sang happy birthday! I sure wish I would’ve kept those voicemails! I will love you forever Pappy!
February 18, 2020
To him, I was always his child bride. He always told me how pretty I was, even without makeup. He encouraged me, brought me out of my shell. Was my softball coach and cheerleader and my golf coach as well. We experienced so many adventures together, and loved life. He was my rock and one and only love.
So to the man who took me on a journey through this life, I pray you’re on the best journey in your new life. See you when I get there.
Love you, hon
Your child bride
February 18, 2020
Regis was a remarkable man. A cherished friend and companion at events over my 30 years of covering Conch Baseball, Football and Powerboat Championship racing on the radio in Key West. In the media business you meet a lot of people and I immediately came to enjoy being around Regis. I very much appreciated his company and still regale telling stories of my many adventures at his side. Regis you will be greatly missed but, never forgotten.
February 16, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about Regis. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
February 13, 2020
So many memories over the many years. Camping in PA, my visit in Vail, honeymoon in the Keys, reunions at Mike’s and the visit with Nunnie and my boys in Daytona. I can’t forget all the other times in between. Regis was always a pleasure to be around. Always a happy guy. My heart aches for your loss. You are all in my prayers.