Howard Yates / OBITUARY / October 30, 1946 – December 05, 2018

Howard Yates

October 30, 1946 – December 05, 2018



Howard Yates, of Frostproof, Florida passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale.

He was born October 30, 1946 in Vero Beach, Florida to the late Henry C. “Dugan” and Lavern (Miller) Yates. He was an 8th generation Florida Cracker and true steward of the land. He grew up in Fellsmere and came to Polk County 40 years ago and settled in Frostproof 30 years ago. Howard was a Veteran in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam era. He was a simple man; his greatest joy was his family and friends. His life motto was dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good cattle.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Betty Yates, daughter Laura Jean Yates – Rust and husband Michael of Frostproof, FL, sister Syble Boozer of Vero Beach, FL, a cousin closer than a brother Wayne Yates, and one grandchild Dugan Yates Rust.

Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00PM with a Remembrance time and Military Honors at 7:30PM Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home Lake Wales.

In lieu of flowers donations made be made to the Polk Education Foundation at 1530 Shumate Drive Bartow, Florida 33830 with memo: Howard H. Yates.