Eric “Rick” Yarnell

Eric (Rick) David Yarnell, 66, of Overland Park, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Adent Health Shawnee Mission. 


Eric was born August 1, 1952 to Eugene and Berna (Chartier) Yarnell. Eric grew up in Concordia, KS graduating from Concordia High School in 1970. After graduating high school, Eric worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana. He attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Engineering in 1974. He was employed by Eby and owned Yarnell Construction.


Eric was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Yarnell; brothers, Bruce and Douglas Yarnell; niece, Brandy Menzel; uncles, Donald Yarnell and Sid Chartier; and aunt, Melba Chartier. He is survived by his wife, Opal Yarnell; mother, Berna Gable; daughters, Angela (Donald) Zysk, Robynn (Stephen) Combs; son, Jonathan Yarnell; sisters, Jeannette Davenport (Joel), Jayne Hermes (Dale); brother, Patrick Yarnell; an aunt, Anita Chartier; 10 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.


Memorial Service

Memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, at New Haven Church, 8714 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas.  Burial will be at a later date in Clyde, Kansas.

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, Jun. 14th 2019 | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Eric “Rick” Yarnell”

  1. Daniel Menke Says:

    Very sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Rick that well because of our age difference. I did enjoy talking with him on holiday visits.

  2. John Tacha Says:

    I am so saddened to learn of Rick’s passing—just talked to him a few months ago and he was upbeat as always. We talked a bit about basketball, as always, and he was going to see if he could locate Steve Culbertson for me. Rick played for me at Concordia High School and he always competed to a high level. My memories of him then were that he was rather quiet, with a wry sense of humor and was super loyal to me and to his teammates. I am positive that he was a great Dad, husband and grandfather. I KNOW that he was a good basketball player and student at CHS and I will miss seeing him at our next reunion. RIP

    Coach Tacha

  3. Terrie (Sallman) Boguski Says:

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.

  4. Dennis & Eddie Mae Versch Says:

    Dennis and I were sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We always enjoyed the visits with Rick and Opal when they visited Dale and Jaynes cabin next to ours. Our sympathy to the entire family. Dennis and Eddie Mae

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