Richard R. Yeager, age 79, of Merrifield, MN went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 8, 2010. His loving wife of 43 years, Ruth, and his little brown dog, Benji were at his side.

Richard was born on January 10, 1931 in Turtle Lake Township in Cass County the son of Thomas Earl and Ida Elizabeth (Lindeman) Yeager. He was raised in the Brainerd, MN area and graduated from high school there. Richard worked various jobs before getting a position with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He began as a surveyor and soil tester and then became a draftsman and designed highways. On July 1, 1967, Richard was joined in marriage to Ruth Conklin in Lebanon, Tennessee. Richard worked 29 years for MNDOT before retiring in 1990. Richard served on the board for Center Township and Thirty Lakes Watershed and was a member of Ossipee Community Church. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and his regular meetings with his “Poker Club”. His adventures with his brother Ralph throughout his life produced many wonderful memories.

Richard is survived by his wife, Ruth; his seven children, W. Rich (Loretta) Yeager of Merrifield, MN, Doug (Cindy) Yeager of Cottage Grove, MN, Philip (Joanne) Yeager of Phoenix, AZ, Kathy (James) Henderson of Rowlett, TX, Priscilla “Faye” (Richard) DeMarre of Merrifield, MN, Dan (Alice) Conklin of Brainerd, MN, Robin (Cinda) Conklin of East Gull Lake, MN; 31 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; one brother, Ralph (Lois) Yeager of Merrifield, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Gary Yeager, one daughter, Mable Smith; one great grandson; four sisters and two brothers.

A funeral service for Richard will be held at noon on Wednesday, August11, at Ossipee Community Church located at the intersection of County Road 3 and County Road 109. Pastor Benjamin Peterson will officiate the service. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd and from 11:00 until noon on Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Center Township, Crow Wing County.

The Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.


Born: January 10, 1931
Death: August 8, 2010


Ruth Yeager, Spouse
W. Rich (Loretta) Yeager, Son
Doug (Cindy) Yeager, Son
Philip (Joanne) Yeager, Son
Kathy (James) Henderson, Daughter
Priscilla "Faye" (Richard) DeMarre, Daughter
Dan (Alice) Conklin, Son
Robin (Cinda) Conklin, Son
Ralph (Lois) Yeager, Brother

Preceded in Death By

Thomas Yeager, Father
Ida Yeager, Mother
Mable Smith, Daughter
Gary Yeager, Son