William L. Yeager

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UNADILLA - William Lemaster Yeager died May 5, 2019, in Naples, Florida.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1923, in the Bronx, then attended school in New Rochelle.
He graduated from New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire, attended Brown University before World War II, and graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts.
Bill served in the United States Army Engineers in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946.
He was president and owner of Tieco-Unadilla Corporation in Unadilla.
He was very supportive of his community and his leadership positions included board member, Babson College; board member, New Hampton School; president and longtime secretary, Unadilla Rotary Club; board member, The Hospital, Sidney; president and board member, Oneonta YMCA; founding board member, Community Foundation of Unadilla; secretary and founding member of the Sidney Area Hospital Foundation and member and elder of the Presbyterian Church of Unadilla. He and his wife, Barbara, were Paul Harris Fellows.
Bill's commitment to his community was only superseded by the love and pride he had for his family and for his dedication to always being the most supportive father and "Grandad" he could be.
He also had a lifelong love of golf and was always in search of ways to improve his game.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jane Kite; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Gardner McLean, Betsy Dawson and Nancy and Scott McLean; grandchildren, Carolyn (Christopher) McLean, Kathleen (Bradley) Backenstose, William McLean, Alex (Elizabeth) McLean, Robert (Allyson) McLean, Brittany Dawson, Brendon Dawson and Reid Dawson; great-grandchildren, William Backenstose and Elizabeth McLean; a niece, Majorie LaFever; nephew, James Cole; and cousin, Nancy Lemaster.
He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Cole; and son-in-law, David Dawson.
Memorial donations may be directed to Presbyterian Church of Unadilla, P.O. Box Z, Unadilla, NY 13849, or Friends of Bassett (for Tri-Town Campus), 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
A service will be held in Unadilla at a later date.
Published on May 8, 2019
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