John Carrol (Butch) Yaeger, 95, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2017 with his family by his side. John was born on May 5, 1921, in Hardin Township, Pike County, Il. As a young boy, he moved with his family to St. Charles, Il where he attended elementary school and graduated from high school. After graduation, he was employed as a dark room assistant at US printing and lithograph in St. Charles. He enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed and achieved the rank of Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class. He was stationed aboard the USS Lexington. Near the end of the war, he married the love of his life, Mary Katherine Tincknell, in Atlanta, GA on July 10, 1944. John and Mary celebrated their 72 year wedding anniversary in 2016, just days before Mary passed.
Among his many accomplishments, John served on the Batavia School Board, was the commander of American Legion Post 504 in Batavia, and retired as Vice President of Strathmore Printing. He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a cherished grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by a sister, Beaulah Weber; a daughter, Cheryl (David) Demmon; six grandchildren: Eric (Connie) Wood, Sean Wood, Jason (Mary) Wood, Kyle Szymczak, Mike Siefried, and Scott Siefried; nine great-grandchildren: Jamie (Robby) Brasfield, Steven Wood, Jarrett Wood, Jesse Wood, John Wood, Thomas Cobb, James Cobb, Anna Szymczak, and Ayden Szymczak; and one great-great granddaughter, Leah Rose Brasfield, whom he was able to meet briefly a few days before he passed. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
According to his wishes, John has been cremated. His remains will be buried with his wife on Friday, May 5, 2017, which would have been his 96th birthday. A graveside military service will be conducted at West Batavia Cemetery at 11:00 am