Douglas Richard Yates – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Douglas R. Yates, 48, of Dixon, Missouri., formerly of Damascus, died November 12, 2003, in an automobile accident in St. Louis, Missouri.

Born July 21, 1955, in Boulder, Colorado, he was the son of Richard and Peggy Yates of Zephyrhills, Florida, formerly of Damascus. He was the husband of Major
Renea Yates for six years.

Colonel Yates was a 1973 graduate of Damascus High School and attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and was commissioned into the regular Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in 1977. He earned a master of business administration degree from Webster College.

Colonel Yates' military career included assignments at Fort Bliss, Texas, Hanau and Mannheim Germany, Saudi Arabia, Fort Ord, California, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was awarded numerous awards and badges during his military career including the Legion of Merit. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia) and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars for his service in the Gulf War.

His hobbies included skiing, motorcycling, scuba diving and traveling. Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are one daughter, Caroline, and one son, Jeffrey; three sisters, Debbie Hursh of Havre de Grace, Maryland, Kathy Jones and her husband, Stan, Patty Long and her husband, Darron, all of Damascus; four nieces and one nephew.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Damascus A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus. Pastor Walt Edmonds will officiate.

Graveside services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, with military honors. Those attending should
assemble at the administration building by 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Caroline and Jeffrey Yates
Educational Fund and sent to Renea Yates, 16550 Chloe Drive, Dixon, Missouri 65459.

YATES, DOUGLAS R., Lieutenant Colonel, (Retired)

On Wednesday, November 12, 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas R. Yates of Dixon, Missouri, formerly of Damascus, Maryland. Son of Richard and Peggy Yates; husband of Major Renea Yates; father of Caroline (3) and Jeffrey (5) Yates.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2003 at the Damascus United Methodist Church, 9700 New Church St., Damascus, Maryland at 3 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Monday, November 24 at 10 a.m. at the Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Those desiring to attend should assemble at the Administration building by 9:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the “Caroline and Jeffrey Yates Educational Fund.”


  • DATE OF BIRTH: 07/21/1955
  • DATE OF DEATH: 11/12/2003

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