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James J Yeakel, Sr.

December 31, 1948 ~ May 14, 2020 (age 71)


James J. Yeakel, Sr., age 71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his home in Reading.

He was born on December 31, 1948 in Reading to Frances and James W. Yeakel.

He was a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, class of 1966.  He also attended Penn State University to study engineering.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University.

Jim was a steel laborer for 10 years and a member of the United Steel Workers Union.  As a former Eagle Scout, Jim enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. He also enjoyed collecting train sets and coins.

He was diagnosed with severe paranoid schizophrenia in his early 30’s.  He continued to struggle with the disease for the remainder of his life.  Despite his disease, we are thankful that his strong faith allowed him to pass peacefully.

Jim is survived by his son, James Yeakel, Jr., and two grandchildren, along with his sister, Janice Hoppman.

A private burial will take place at Forest Hills Memorial Park on Wednesday, May 20th.

Cole Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 402 E. Penn Ave., Robesonia is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Berks County at

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Private Interment

Forest Hills Memorial Park
Neversink Road
Reiffton, PA 19606

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