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Yokley, Mark W.

d. November 7, 2013

Mark Yokley, age 60, of Williamsville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Marcus Yokley, Heather (Ryan) Kern both of Williamsville; two grandchildren Colton and Madeline Kern; his mother Gertrude Yokley of Williamsville; one brother, Dennis (Donna) of Mount Olive, IL; brother-in-law Paul (Carol) Hawbaker, and several nieces & nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Earl Yokley and one brother Fred Yokley.

Mr. Yokley was born June 9, 1953 in Springfield, the son of Sidney Earl and Gertrude Hale Yokley.

He married Linda Hawbaker on October 4, 1975 at the Williamsville Christian Church.

Mark worked for Horace Mann Insurance Company for 41 years. He had many designations and accreditations including FLMI/M, CLU, and was Director of Reinsurance Administration and Group Outsourcing.

He served on LOMA’s textbook review panels for the update of Principles of Reinsurance, Second Edition, FLMI 301- Insurance Immersion and FLMI 361- Accounting & Financial Reporting in Life Insurance Companies.

Mark was a member of Berean Baptist Church for 32 years where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also a member of the Gateway Guppy Association.

Mark raised tropical fish and grew Irises and Day Lilies. He also loved playing ping pong at work tournaments. Mark had a passion for home improvements and Menards. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and his greatest desire was to see others come to know Christ as their Savior.

Visitation will be held at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens where friends may call from 5 until 7 PM on Monday, November 11, 2013 and where funeral services will be held at on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

Dr. Richard R. Ahlgrim and Pastor David R. Fox will be officiating. Burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery at Williamsville.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 4215 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63108 or Berean Baptist Church, 3401 S. 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62703.


  1. I worked with Mark on number of projects at Horace Mann a number of years ago and am so sorry to read of his passing. May he rest in peace.

  2. Linda, Marcus and Heather, I was so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I worked with him at Horace Mann for many years. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by all. My prayers are with you.

  3. I worked with Mark many years at Horace Mann. He was a fine individual and good friend. My wife and I send our sympathies to Linda and family.

  4. Linda, Marcus and Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was a fun loving man who I remember with a giggle. Which he always made me do. He is looking down and holding you thru this tough time. Prayers for your comfort.

  5. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Marcus, My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. Gods grace will carry you through and your memories will live forever. Sincerely, Tonya

  7. Linda and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. I pray that God will comfort you at this time. We had some really good times at work at Horace Mann and at church when we lived in Springfield. I know Mark loved God and his family very much.

  8. My prayers are with Linda, Marcus, and Heather during this difficult time. Mark was a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed our conversations about lilies and guppies. Take comfort from your memories.

  9. Sorry for your loss. I worked with Mark for many years. He often shared stories of his fish, lilies, and his family. He will be missed.

  10. My prayers to your family on the loss of a wonderful, funny and enthusiastic man. I worked with Mark at Horace Mann, shared Hardee’s breakfast biscuits on many days and had frequent rendevous’ with him at both Menards stores! He will be missed by many.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s entire family. Nice, nice and funny man. Worked with him for many years at Horace Mann. He will be missed!

  12. Although I never worked with Mark personally, I can tell you that he was a man of God. I saw him in the elevators and hallways of Horace Mann smiling , laughing, touching many lives as he witnessed just by being filled with joy everyday! God has certaining gained an angel. Mark will certainly be missed here on earth. May God give you peace at this time. In Christian love, Debbie Finn

  13. Dear Linda, Marcus, Heather and the entire Yokley Family, My sincere condolences to you all on your loss. Mark will be greatly missed. I had the pleasure of working with Mark for the past 13 years. Great man with a heart to match. He will be missed dearly.

  14. Linda, Marcus, and Heather, My prayers are with you. I worked with Mark for the past several years and have valued his friendship and support.

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