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DOWNEY – Kyle “Gene” Yaw, a husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away July 24.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Edith Moore Yaw; and siblings, Georgia Martyn, Gregory Yaw, Thomas Yaw and Emma Reed.
Born on Nov. 11, 1934 in Sulphur, La., he served in the Marines from 1953-57.
He married Nancy Welch and the couple settled in Lakewood, and had two children, Kyle and Kathy.
After 24 years of employment at Byron Jackson, he was transferred to Elgin, Ill. He married Coralea “Corkie” in 1980.
After operating an Amoco gas station and garage for eight years, the couple moved to Downey in 1989, where Yaw was co-owner of K.E.Y. Construction.
He enjoyed extensive traveling with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Corkie; son, Kyle Yaw; daughter, Kathy Milton; sister, Fay Norris; brothers, Marcus and Emerson Yaw; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and numerous cousins and nieces.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 6 at noon at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 12112 Woodruff Ave., in Downey. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the World Disaster Relief Fund in his memory. Checks should be made payable to Watchtower and mailed to 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Published: August 04, 2011 – Volume 10 – Issue 16