MARQUETTE, MI. - Clare Yelle, 83, of Marquette, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette in the comfort of his loving family.
Clare was born on July 20, 1930 in Marquette, a son of the late Joseph and Armelia (LaCorse) Yelle and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1948 graduate of Negaunee High School and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict with the United States Air Force.
Clare was employed for many years with the Marquette Branch Prison, retiring in 1986 as corrections officer captain. He was a member and former officer of Marquette Elks Lodge #405 where he also served as major projects director for Bay Cliff Health Camp on behalf of the Elks Lodge. He was a member of American Legion Post #44.
Clare was a strong supporter of local youth sports including women's softball and followed all of his children's and grandchildren's athletic events. He was a kind and gentle man with a dry sense of humor that everyone loved. He was well known for his avid storytelling.
Clare is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Tina Mohn whom he met and eventually married at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gwinn on December 3, 1955; four children, Dennis (Mary) Yelle of Ishpeming, Nancy Yelle of Austin, TX, Sharon (Urban) Meyer of Green Bay, WI, and Bill Yelle of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren, Billy Nett, Tyler Yelle, Ashley Mogush, Ryan Bonnington, Kristen Nett, Alex (Alyssa) Nett, and Maddy Meyer, one great granddaughter, Allie Jo Yelle; a brother, Leo (Leona) Yelle of Green Bay and a sister, Rhea Tuominen of Marquette; special family friends, Chris Stirn, Emily Wilson, Aaron Hudson, Courtney Kalisch, and Renee Gantz; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death besides his parents was an infant daughter, Mary Therese Yelle in 1956; sisters, Celeste Taccolini and Eileen Paris and a brother, Earl Yelle.
Funeral services will be held in the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber officiating. Visitation will be held in the funeral home beginning at 12 noon with an Elks Lodge service to take place at 1:45 p.m. Clare's grandchildren will act as pallbearers with spring burial to take place in the Gwinn Cemetery.
A luncheon will immediately follow the service in the funeral home.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 in Clare's memory. Memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com