Gary was born May 2, 1944 to Jake Orville and Fern Pauline (Short) Yokley at Nevada, Mo. He was a graduate of Liberal High School in 1962. Gary was a farmer in Barton County for over 23 years and was also a truck driver for CFI for 18 years before retiring. He was a member of the Christian Church of Liberal and enjoyed woodworking, working on cars, and hunting. On December 8, 1984 he married Sharon Baetke.
Survivors include his wife Sharon, of the home; two sons, Charles Yokley of Chanute, Kan., and Mike Yokley of the Joplin area; one step-son, Kevin and Jeannie Cambers of Neosho, Mo.; and one step-daughter Kendra and Karl Zafuta of Frontenac, Kan.; one brother Joe and Shirley Yokley of Bronaugh, Mo.; two sisters Lois and John Mahnken of Fort Scott, Kan., and Linda and Ed Weaver of Liberal, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and one sister-in-law Mila and Larry Swearingen of Cross Timbers, Mo.
Funeral Services for Gary will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Christian Church of Liberal with burial to follow at the Liberal City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Daniel Funeral Home.
Contributions are suggested to the Christian Church of Liberal in care of Daniel Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.danielfuneralhome.net.