Edward Dale “Eddie” Yonkman, 85, of Pikeville, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Life Care of Rhea County. He was born March 11, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Edward and Ouida (McClure) Yonkman.
He was also preceded in death by his first wife Patricia (Taylor) Yonkman.
Eddie served his country in the U.S. Army. He lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 1943 to 1983 where he earned his FBI certification and was employed by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as Deputy Chief. In 1983, he retired to Dayton Mountain where he cleared his land and built his home. He enjoyed woodworking, deep-sea fishing and golf. He was a member of the Pikeville United Methodist Church.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Joan (Lauer) Yonkman of Pikeville; his two sons Edward Dale (Lori) Yonkman of Holywood, Florida and Chip (Cheryl) Cotton of Arlington, Virginia; his two daughters Sandra (Paul Mays) Yonkman of Hernando Beach, Florida and Julie (Jeff) Deichert of Dayton; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Eddie were held December 14 at the Pikeville United Methodist Church with Pastor Greg Smart officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Pikeville United Methodist Church for the Prayer Garden.
Please share your memories of Eddie on his on-line guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton.