In Memory of Karen Kay Yates

Karen  Kay Yates
Karen Kay Yates
Born: September 9, 1942
Died: October 13, 2016
Age: 74
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Karen Kay Yates
September 9, 1942 - October 13, 2016
From: Galva, IA

Karen K. Yates the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Ehler) Bugge was born on September 9, 1942. She grew up in Ricketts, Iowa and graduated from Ricketts High School with the class of 1960.

After school Karen and some friends went to work as telephone operators. She was transferred to Chicago where she met the love of her life Donald E. Yates. Karen and Donald exchanged wedding vows on February 25, 1962, in Ricketts, Iowa. They made their home in Galva, Iowa, where they resided for many years and were blessed with three children, Michael, Barbara, and Jason.

Staying home while her children were young, Karen started working outside the home driving the special education bus for Galva –Holstein School for several years. Later she became employed with Good Samaritan Society of Holstein working in the dietary department.

Karen enjoyed cooking, baking, visiting with friends and family, word searches, and gardening. She also had a profound love for cats.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Michael Yates of South Sioux City, NE, Barbara Yates of Sac City, Iowa, and Jason Yates of Des Moines, IA.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Elsie Bugge and loving husband, Donald E. Yates.


Private Family Service


Rev. Paul D. Egger


Private Family Interment


Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:07 PM
“Karen is a first cousin to my sister, Deanna, and I. We have such loving memories of growing up with her. Family gatherings were a part of those memories. Rest in peace, dear Karen. We love you.”
- Linda Bockelmann
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 2:35 PM
“I grew up on the farm not far from where your mom grew up. Walter and Elsie were such lovely people. Your mom was one of my Sunday School teachers at St. Luke's in Ricketts. Grandma Elsie was also one of my teachers. Karen was such a wonderful lady. I have fond memories of her. She had such a gentle spirit. . Through the sadness of death, there is joy. Her faith in Jesus, as she taught me years ago, has given her Eternal Life. My prayer is that God will grant you peace and comfort during this sad time. ”
- Nancy Teut Bielenberg
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM
“I always enjoyed working with your mom at Good Sam. She was so proud of her children! I was so sorry to hear of her passing. My sympathy is with you. Kim Miller”
- Kim Miller
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 1:25 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Karen was such a special lady to us. Please accept our sympathies. ”
- Terry & Mitzi Towne
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 1:25 PM
“Sending our sympathy to the family.”
- Andrea Niemeier
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 1:25 PM
“Barb & family
So sorry to hear about your mom passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Chris Wunschel
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