George E. Yatso Sr, 86, Oconto Falls, died peacefully at home Tuesday, April 25, 2023 with his wife, Shirley, at his bedside. He was born October 20, 1936, in Lena to Steve and Mary (Mikeska) Yatso, Sr. George attended Kelly Brook and Oak Grade School, (the only 4th grader in the class) and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1954. He was drafted into the US Army in July, 1955 and honorably discharged in May, 1957 to help his dad on the farm.
On October 11, 1958 he married Shirley Thomson. George worked at US Plant Foods and Bay Lakes as a manager until retiring in 1996. He will be fondly remembered as an avid fisherman and well known for his fish frys. He enjoyed the outdoors deer hunting and riding his ATV. George was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Lena and volunteered for the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry. He also was a member of the Oconto Falls Lions Club, American Legion Post #302 and served on the Pine Hill Cemetery Board for many years.
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Shirley Yatso; his children, George (Anita) Yatso Jr, Brenda (Dan) Lowrance and Tom (Kristin) Yatso; his siblings Irene Wos and Paul Yatso; his 10 loving grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Susie (Yatso) Gottlieb, one sister, Mary (Cletus) Weinfurter, two brothers, John (Marie) and Steve (Ruth) Yatso, and five brothers-in-law: Ken Rosner, Al Carrier, Mike Lord, Larry Bittner and Roman Wos and sister-in-law Audrey Yatso.
Visitation will be held 4:00 until 8:00 PM Monday, May 1, 2023 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls, 7:00 PM prayer service. Visitation will continue after 9:30 AM Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Lena until the time of service. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Fr. Felix Abano officiating. Burial, with military honors will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Spruce.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials can be made to Feed My Sheep Food Pantry, Lena WI.