LINCOLN — John “Jack” S. Yates, 77, of Lincoln, Ill., was taken from this life on January 19, 2021.
Jack was born on August 31, 1943, and grew up in Waynesville, Ill., the son of Kenneth and Waunita (Reinhart) Yates. Surviving are his children, Traci Yates, of Decatur; Kelly (Paul) Deckard, of Champaign; son Jason Yates, of Lincoln; and one sister, Christy (Jim) Lynch, of McLean. He also had three grandchildren, two nephews and several great- nieces and nephews.
Jack enjoyed going to coffee with his friends and always enjoyed the discussions that followed. He was an avid car enthusiast who especially loved going to car shows and had great appreciation for the muscle cars of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. In his spare time, he enjoyed detailing cars and could make any car look brand new. He had several hobbies, including collecting Lionel trains, but his favorite one was riding his motorcycle through the countryside in the summers. In his younger days he was a weightlifter and an amateur boxer. In his later years he was very involved with Doberman Rescue.
Jack was retired from Eaton Corporation, in Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Doberman Rescue, or to the Humane Society of Logan County.
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home, in Lincoln, is assisting the family. His family plans a celebration of life at a later date.