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Services scheduled for State Center couple

Gordon and Norma Yeager died in Wednesday crash

October 15, 2011
By ABIGAIL PELZER - Managing Editor ( , Times-Republican

STATE CENTER - A State Center couple that died following a car accident this week will be celebrated at a Sunday visitation.

Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma Yeager, 90, succumbed to injuries sustained in a Wednesday car accident at the intersection of Highway 30 and Jesup Avenue.

The accident occurred at approximately 8:10 a.m. when Gordon Yeager's vehicle failed to yield at a southbound stop sign at Jesup Avenue. A vehicle driven by Charles Clapsaddle, 64, of Marshalltown, was unable to avoid striking the Yeagers' vehicle as he drove westbound on Highway 30.

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Norma and Gordon Yeager, of State Center, died following a Wednesday car accident. A visitation has been scheduled for Sunday in State Center. Funeral services are planned Monday in Marshalltown.

Sgt. Joel Ehler, with the Iowa State Patrol, said Gordon Yeager was facing pending action by the Iowa Department of Transportation to have his license removed. He did not elaborate on those details.

Ehler said both Clapsaddle and his wife, Barbara Clapsaddle, were transported to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, where he thought they were likely treated and released.

Liz Zuercher, spokesperson for MMSC, said on Friday that the Clappsaddles were not listed as current patients at MMSC.

State Center Mayor Harlan Quick said the Yeagers had a long history of community involvement.

Gordon Yeager served as the mayor of State Center from 1956 to 1958, and also as a council member from 1978 to 1980.

Also active in local business, he and his wife owned and operated the Gamble Store, Home Oil, The Woodcock Lounge and the Chevrolet Garage in State Center.

Jim Maish, of State Center, remembered spending time with Gordon Yeager as volunteer firefighters competing in the state contest.

"At that time we were a lot younger," he said. "Gordon was a ladder climber, and a very fast one; he enjoyed that."

Maish also said the couple, married 72 years, had been active community members.

"In a small community, there are those who take their turn doing those things, and that was the case with Gordon and Norma," he said.

A visitation for the Yeagers will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home West Marshall Chapel in State Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown.



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