Robert "Bob" L. Yakich

Saturday, August 27th, 1949 - Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Robert L. Yakich died at home on May 4, 2020, at the ago of 70, after a valiant fight against cancer. He was born on August 27, 1949, in Bellefonte, son of Robert and Patty Yakich, who preceded him in death. His youngest brother, Thomas, also preceded him in death in 2017.

Bob lived in Benner Township for his whole life. He was a graduate of Bellefonte Area High School, Class of 1968. He worked as a roofer for 30 years at Penn State.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Alice (Barry) McMurtrie, of Bellefonte, and their children, Julie (Jason) Miron, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Jason (Amber) McMurtrie, of Bellefonte, and Jeff (Marsha) McMurtrie, and her daughter, Miranda, of Bellefonte. Bob is also survived by his brother, Richard Yakich, and sister-in-law, Kathy, and her daughters, Jamie Haley of Carlisle, and Crystal Rearick of Bellefonte.

Bob attended meetings at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he enjoyed studying the Bible.

Due to the pandemic, there will be no memorial service at this time. For those who want to acknowledge his life and friendship, donations can be made in his memory to the State College Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 101 Villandry Blvd., State College, PA 16801.
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Terry shultz

Posted at 05:17pm
My name is Terry Shultz. I graduated from Bellefonte in 1972 so Bob was about 4 and a half years older than me.
We worked together when he was a painter at a mass of apts that may have been called Nittany Glenn (?) in State College. I think I was around 20 then.
Bob was a big power house always riding around with his big giant arm hanging out of the drivers side of his car (just a consistent memory ) maybe a Chevy nova?

Main point here is that he taught me a treated me like a brother. I remember him smiling and laughing consistently.
We always acknowledged each other through the years and I always appreciated him. As I now start to look back at some important times of my youth and my life Bob was important to me. Seeing his kind of devilish smile reminds me of a time when I felt light, buoyant, full of energy and happy.
I feel sad in Bob’s passing and I’ve wished him well as I know he’s now moving on. He’s one of the few beings that I would like to run into again somewhere and some time.

Bonnie Tate

Posted at 01:26pm
Dear Rich & Mary Alice, my heart broke as I read that Bob had passed over. I was not aware of his battle with cancer. I will remember him fondly. My prayers are with you all.

George Hoover

Posted at 07:52am
I worked with Yak for 30 years, first as a laborer and then as a roofer. He was my partner on the roof crew for many years. We had a lot of goods times together that I will never forget. He would have given the shirt off his back to me if I needed it. I wish I would have gone to see him like my brain was telling me to do since we retired. My condolences to Rich, Mary Alice and Barry.

Tammie King

Posted at 10:07am
Very sorry Rich to hear about Bob’s passing. He was a good man with a smile I will never forget. Tammie King

Dave McCool

Posted at 04:00am
I worked with Bob on the Penn State roof crew. Sad to hear of his passing and will remember the times at work. Condolences to all his family.

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