September 26, 1914 – January 30, 2011
Mr. Milton Yesler, 96, of Sarasota, FL, originally from Newark, NJ, then Rumson, N.J., passed away on January 30, 2011.
Predeceasing Mr. Yesler are his grandchild Peter Kusic and his daughter Jane Kusic. Survivors include his son, Dr. Boyd Yesler, formally a dentist on Longboat Key with his longtime friend, Dr. Jennifer Jaworski; his son-in-law Dan Kusic of McLean, VA; a son, William Yesler of NZ; grandchildren, Julia and Sophie Yesler, and Jennifer Kusic-Carswell; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Luca, and McKenna Beatrice.
Mr. Yesler was born in Newark, NJ, on September 26, 1914, married Beatrice Feder in 1940 and remained so for 68 years, until her passing, in 2008. He attended West Virginia University and was a member of their basketball team, until 1934. Mr. Yesler became a decorated soldier in the US Army, during WWII, where he participated in the Battle of Luzon, the Philippines and later in Japan, until 1946.
Upon returning to N.J. after the war, Mr. Yesler founded several successful retail lumber / hardware centers and was a home builder. He was an active member of the Lions Club and a past master of the Masonic Lodge.
As a child, Mr. Yesler remembers attending a WWI victory parade, in 1918 and later, seeing Babe Ruth play right field against his former Boston team, at the newly built Yankee Stadium, in the summer of 1924.
The Yesler's retired to Naples, Florida in the late, 1960's, then to Bird Key. Mr. Yesler played softball for several Sarasota area teams, for 30 years until the age of 91. At the age of 81, in 1995, he won the Sarasota, Senior Olympic Gold Medal, 100 Meter Run.
He adored his family and was extremely proud of their achievements. His warm, magnetic personality that touched many hearts, shall be dearly missed.
Arrangements under the direction of Palms - Robarts Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Sarasota, FL.
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February 14, 2011
I knew your father as a very active and upright man.
To reach his age is a gift of nature, b
ut, as I know, he was very ill at the end of his days. To loose his father is very hard, independant of age or illness. Thus I share Your sadness and will allways keep him in mind !
February 13, 2011
Since I got to know you around 34 years ago during our time in the medical school in Reims, you often told about your father and it has always been in a very warm and admiring way,
You told me about his youth, his hard time at the beginning in WWII in Japan ; how he got friend with the people over there in his open and direct behaviour;
Later on I had oportunity to know him personally during one of the trips of your parents to Germany , and many years later in Florida.
Out of his huge experience he liked to talk about former days .
He always asked not only for his own family, your and your sisters children , but also for your friends and their families and I can imagine that you will miss him a lot.
Take care Boyd and Jenniffer and also Julia and Sophie
February 7, 2011
Dear Boyd and family: I was so sorry to hear of your dear Father's passing. I have many fond memories of Milton. He was so proud of the fact that he could still get into his old army uniform and once a year he would put it on and come to the dining room, looking so proud and handsome wearing it. He was a very fine, sweet and kindly gentleman, one of my favorites. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Judy/Concierge
Tom & Louisa Averitt
February 7, 2011
Boyd, I'm sorry to hear about your fathers passing as we learned about it in today's obituary. You will miss him - but you have many wonderful memories, many of which you have shared with me in the past. I know he was and inspiration and a guiding light throughout your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely, Tom & Louisa
February 5, 2011
I have come to know Mr. Yesler MIlton a respectful and warm personality during work Florida.Mijn thoughts are with his family and wish them strength in these difficult days. My memories are mainly from the many stories about his business. The troubles in those days to start a business, his perseverance, but also between the dry humor that came up.
I wish the whole family lots of strength for the future.
Sincerely Rien Meijer