John Frank Yeomans, 86, of Hadlyme, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday (January 5, 2013). He was the husband of the late Lorraine Yeomans, his sweetheart of 61 years. He is survived by his two daughters, Gail Winter of Middletown and Barbara Koren and her husband Tom of Barkhamsted. He was predeceased by his brother, Lionel. Born in Port Washington, NY on August 15, 1926 to Frederick and Alice (Robinson) Yeomans, he was raised in Hadlyme and was a graduate of the Nathan Hale Ray School in Moodus. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on Okinawa in the Pacific until the end of World War II. He courted Lorraine Crowell of Middletown and they married on November 19, 1949. He was employed by UARCO Business Forms in Deep River as production manager and retired after 39 years. He loved the town of Lyme and at various times served on the Board of Education, Board of Finance, and Board of Selectmen. After his retirement from UARCO, he was elected First Selectman of the town of Lyme and served three consecutive two-year terms. He was a veteran member of the Lyme Volunteer Fire Department and was the founder of the Lyme Volunteer Ambulance Association. John was a member of the East Haddam Lions Club and vice-president of the Hadlyme Cove Cemetery Association. After his terms as first selectman, John and Lorraine fully retired and wintered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for fourteen years. John’s hobbies included playing golf and fishing. We would like to thank family, friends, and neighbors for their support and acts of kindness during this difficult time.
Calling hours will be at the Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver Street in Middletown on Friday, January 11 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Burial with full military honors will be on Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hadlyme Cove Cemetery on Ferry Road in Hadlyme. A funeral procession will drive through the town of Lyme on Route 156, Route 82 and then to the cemetery, starting at 10:30 a.m. Mourners are welcome to join the procession along the way. After the burial, there will be a luncheon to celebrate John’s life at the Hide-Away Restaurant in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lyme Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 911, Hadlyme, CT 06439 and the Lyme Volunteer Fire Department, 213 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371.