Robert L. Yates Sr. passed away April 10, 2017, at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, April 12, at Commerce Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 13, at Cross Trails Cowboy Church in Fairlie at 2 p.m. with Bro. Oliver Mowat officiating. Interment will follow at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.
He was born east of Fairlie on Oct. 3, 1931, to parents Jessie Ben Yates and Irene Bellamy Yates.
Robert graduated from Commerce High School in 1948, and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954.
While working on the Turner Hereford Ranch in Oklahoma, he met Alma Stratton and married her on Aug. 11, 1956. During his varied career, he built and delivered industrial trailers for Stoner Toter Trailers, operated a Mobil station on the corner of Park and Sycamore streets in Commerce, worked as a clerk for Stewart's Hardware and later Commerce Hardware when it was located downtown. He also retrieved and delivered new cars for new car dealers in the Commerce area.
Robert went to college later in life and became a law enforcement officer for Texas A&M University-Commerce, a job from which he retired. He went on to become a deputy constable.
He loved the Rocky Mountains and made several trips during his lifetime. He enjoyed deer and elk hunting and fishing (if the fish were biting!).
He is survived by his loving wife of 60-plus years, Alma Yates; sons Robert Yates Jr. and wife Sara of Commerce and Kenny Yates and wife Cathy of Warminster, Pa.; sister Judy Russell of Winnsboro, Texas; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Ben Yates and Irene Bellamy Yates, and a sister, Annette Yates Sweat.
Pallbearers for Robert will be Doc Pierce, Jason Bone, Gary Nichols, Jason Cunnington, Bryan Luckett and Brandon Luckett.
Published on  April 11, 2017