Ocean City Today

Robert Louis “Bob” Yates

Nov 09, 2017
Robert Louis “Bob” Yates

printed 10/11/2017


Robert Louis “Bob” Yates, age 85, passed away on Oct. 31, 2017, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake.

Born in Vine Grove, Kentucky, he was the son of Morris Yates and Sara Singer Yates.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Quattrociocchi Yates.

He is survived by sons, Robert Yates (Kathleen) of Martinez, California, Ronald Yates (Mary Theresa) of Solomons, Maryland and Rodney Yates (Kimberley) of Davidsonville, Maryland; daughter, Robin Yates (Carter Howell) of Ocean City, Maryland; sister; Helen Adams of Arizona; and eight grandchildren, Mary, Ronnie, Rodney Jr., Kyle, Macey, Matthew, Alyssa and Annie Rose.

Bob enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and fought in the Korean War. He met Louise, the love of his life, at a USO dance while stationed at Bolling AFB in Washington, D.C. and wed in 1954, having four children through 1959.

While stationed all around the country, their favorite time was spent in Hawaii as a family. Bob retired after 30 years of service and the Vietnam War, and went on to work at the Department of Agriculture where he brought cutting edge solar power to the facilities.

He spent time with the DIA at Bolling AFB as a building engineer and the Cheltenham Naval Base as operations manager, finally retiring to Berlin, Maryland in 1985, where his garage became his office.

Bob was always a constant help to the community and especially his dear neighbor, Eunice Sorin.

His lawn was his pride, especially decorating for the holidays. Bob always had time for you and always found the humor in life. He loved his Catholic Faith (Knights of Columbus), his grandchildren and tinkering. Bob loved a parade.

Special thanks from the family to the Coastal Hospice at the Lake and our dear friend, Mary Beth Carozza for her help.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Holy Savior Catholic Church. Visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Coastal Hospice by the Sea Project at P.O. Box 1733 Salisbury, Maryland 21802 or Holy Savior Catholic Church at 1705 Philadelphia Avenue Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

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