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Charles Yager

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Charles William "Bill" Yager, 77, of Dubuque, died Sunday, August 23, 2020, at his home after a courageous battle against cancer for over the last 10 years.

The Funeral Service for Bill was held on Wednesday, August 26 at Grace United Methodist Church, 318 N. Center St. in Geneseo. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo.

Bill was born March 9, 1943, in Geneseo, IL, the son of Willis Charles and Ethel Florence McKibbon Yager. If you were a Yager, you knew him by Tad. On November 13, 1971, he married Barbara Ann Reisch in Dubuque.

He was a graduate of Geneseo High School. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan College.

He retired from Case International where he worked in sales management.

He was an active member of Grand View United Methodist Church in Dubuque, where he volunteered on a regular basis. Bill enjoyed hit & miss engines, farming, breakfast with the men's church group, joking around, and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a proud Republican.

Survivors include his wife, Barb; two daughters, Sarah (Bradley) VanZee of Farmington, MO, and Stephanie Yager of Dubuque; two grandsons, Arie VanZee, and Elias VanZee; one brother, Alan (Connie) Yager of Geneseo, IL; one sister, Kathryn Brown of Chicago, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a stillborn daughter, Lisa Marie and a brother-in-law, Russell Brown.

Memorials have been established for Alzheimer's Association and American Cancer Society.

The family thanks all of his doctors, nurses, Hospice of Dubuque and his family and friends for their continued support.

Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in care of the arrangements.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences sent to the family by visiting Bill's obituary at

Posted online on August 26, 2020