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Irvin Lewis Yeager

June 16, 1955 — February 3, 2024

Conrad

 

Work hard, play hard. Irvin Lewis Yeager came into the world June 16, 1955 to have these

values instilled in him. Born to Kennith Yeager and Lorine Lillian Walston he was the fourth of

four beloved children. He grew up on K-bar-6 family ranch near Conrad, Montana after being

born in Escondido California.The love of farming and raising livestock, grew from the beginning

of his life and continued through the last days. Dad always took great joy in taking what was

given and making it the best, with oftentimes limited resources. He spent his childhood helping

his parents. He spoke of hauling the water truck to town at eight years old as one of his many

responsibilities. As a teenager he painted granary elevators throughout western Montana to

help his Dad and family when the finances were tight from farming. In high school, he enjoyed

participating in sports and was a very competitive player. At sixteen, he spent time backpacking

in Europe. As a Freshman at BYU-Idaho he was called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter

Day Saints to serve the Lord at the Leeds/Manchester England Mission. There he met lifelong

friends and grew his testimony of our Savior. Upon returning from the mission he married his

sweetheart, Rose Ann Long for time and eternity in the Cardston Alberta Temple on August 19,

1977.

Together they grew their family. He worked with his father, farming and raising cattle at the

K-bar-6 ranch. Then the opportunity arose to pursue his passion in Washington State. In the

winter of 1989, Dad and Mom moved the family to Othello, Washington. Dad not only worked a

full-time job at a dairy, but also began his own business raising cattle.

In 1991, he moved the family to the hills of the Wahluke Slope, near Mattawa, WA. The entire

family worked alongside Dad and Mom to build Yeager Feedlot. His parents (Ken and Lorine)

and Mom’s parents (Roy and Ruth Long) eventually joined us in Mattawa. This was a blessing

 

to Dad especially since he considered his father to be his greatest support and best friend. After

success in Washington, Kansas came into his sights and the family moved in the summer of

2000. Shortly thereafter, Dad’s parents followed us.

Kansas represented the top of the “finishing game” to Dad, where all the best gathered to

provide quality beef to the country. Once again he built a beef business. Mom and Dad

established a home and the Yeager Feedlot near Scott City, KS. The Yeager Feedlot is there to

this day. In Scott City, Dad was called to be Bishop of the Scott City Ward. For five years he

served faithfully as Bishop.

Through the years, Dad enjoyed taking his kids and our Mom to the mountains to fish and

escape the heavy responsibilities of running the feed yard. Our childhoods were filled with

wonderful adventures of arrowhead collecting, boating, fishing, hunting and camping. Fishing in

Alaska on Prince of Wales Island was his favorite place to be, if you didn’t count his treasured

home in the Montana wilderness.

He was dedicated to showing this love of the outdoors to his grandchildren— his greatest joy

later in life.

In 2019, Mom and Dad decided together to serve a senior mission for the Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-Day. They were called to the Angeles, Philippines mission where they served

faithfully learning to love the Filipino people until the Fall of 2020. After a year back in Kansas,

they decided to serve again and to their surprise and delight were called once again to the

Philippines, this time to the coastal town of San Fernando City. It was a physically demanding

mission that fortunately included being able to snorkel and play in the ocean right outside their

back door.

It is here where Dad began to have health problems that led to a return to the States in the fall

of 2023 to seek cancer treatment in Phoenix, AZ.

Dad, with Mom by his side as always, fought valiantly for life, not yet ready to give up his legacy

on this earth.

 Irvin Lewis Yeager is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Rose Ann (Long) Yeager, his

mother Lorine Lillian Yeager (Conrad, MT); his sisters Karen and Terry Nelson and Julie and

Rick Alexander; his eight “wonderful“ kids Lisa and Jordan Fuller, Bridgette and Patrick Dotson,

Irvin and Amber Yeager, Renée Yeager, Anna and Andrew Sevy, Heidi Yeager, Wyle Yeager and

Keely and Chandler Efros.

Twenty Grandchildren, Derek, Nathan, Daniel, Levi, Hannah, Jesse and Hyrum Fuller; Sivai,

Austin (Karmiyah), Lillian, Amelia and Henry Dotson; Crew, Halle, Hazel and Miles Yeager; John

and Juliet Howard; James and Porter Sevy; with one Great-grandson on the way (Austin and

Karmiyah Dotson), along with countless nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Kennith Allen Yeager and his older brother Gary (Bobbi)

Yeager.

 Dad passed from life in the early hours of February 3rd, 2024 in the loving arms of his

sweetheart.

 We are saddened at his passing but know that our family is forever and that through the

Atonement of Jesus Christ we can all be reunited again.

Services will be held on February 17th, 2024 at 416 S. Kansas St Conrad, MT

Viewing at 9:00 am followed by services at 10:00 am.

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Visitation

Saturday, February 17, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

416 South Kansas Street, Conrad, MT 59425

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

416 South Kansas Street, Conrad, MT 59425

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