Ridge Allen Yates, Mound City, Missouri, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2021. He was born November 2, 1954, in Fairfax, Missouri, to Rev. William O. “Jack” Yates and Helen Ruth (McCoy) Yates.
As a young boy, Ridge grew up primarily in Tarkio, Missouri, riding his bike around town, mowing lawns for comic books and playing with cousins and his many friends. Ridge was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout and for several years he spent a week at Camp Geiger and worked towards Mic-O-Say.
Ridge graduated from Nodaway-Holt High School in 1973. He graduated from NWMSU with a major in Business and a minor in English, where he joined the Pi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, who are his brothers to this day.
Ridge worked at the Holt County Soil and Water District and later retired from the USDA as a Field Technician.
On September 3, 1999, in Negril, Jamaica, Ridge married Vicki (Karsten) Yates, who survives of the home. Ridge and Vicki shared a love of the ocean, music and fine art exhibits, and many moments of laughter with friends and family. Ridge took great pride in his home, and he worked hard on his back patio to create a tranquil setting for family and friends to enjoy.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Ridge is survived by his wife, Vicki; brother, William H. Yates III, of Freeman, Missouri, and wife, Jeanie; brother-in-law, Larry Karsten and wife, Jacque, of Nevada, Missouri; nephews, William Yates IV, Eric Karsten and son, Ryan, of Bixby, Oklahoma, and Dr. Kristopher Karsten, wife, Melanie, and sons, Brady, Alex, and Sam of Thousand Oaks, California; and numerous cousins.
Farewell services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, at Pettijohn & Crawford Family Funeral Service. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will gather with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, at Pettijohn & Crawford Family Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Mound City Library. Online guest book and obituary can be viewed at www.pettijohncrawford.com.