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Michael D. Yates

Updated: Oct 17, 2022


Mike Yates, 74, passed away September 22, 2022 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.


Mike was born December 12, 1947 in Des Moines, son of Lawrence and Patricia (Hammond) Yates.


He graduated from Tech High School in 1967. He joined the Marine Corp for 1 year with an Honorable Discharge. He then joined a variety of bands as a drummer from 1972-1976. In 1976 he started his career as a road musician playing with several named bands. In 1979 he made his home in Des Moines playing with a local country band. Mike owned Mikes Ball Cards which he operated inside of Hawkeye Coin Shop. Throughout the years he worked as a locksmith for Commercial Construction Products, Kurtz Hardware, and Doors Incorporated from where he retired.


Mike was an ardent lover of all sports. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and going to the YMCA.


Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Patricia 'Pat', brothers, Doug Yates, William 'Bill' Yates, 1 niece and 6 nephews. Mike was proceded in death by his father Lawrence Yates, brothers, Steven Yates and Martin 'Marty' Yates.


A Celebration of Life will be held November 5, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the North River Adventures (The Barn), 2768 Hwy 65, Carlisle, IA 50047.

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