David C. Yanacheak, 73, of Browning-ton, Vermont, formerly of Climbing Hill, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 3 at Brownington Congregational Church in Brown-ington, Vermont. Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.
David was born on Sept. 8, 1943 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Cleo and Genevieve (Scheloske) Yanacheak. He was the first of five children who grew up on a farm in Climbing Hill.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and accumulated lifelong memories while stationed in Thailand.
In March 1992, he married Mary Patricia Kennedy, who preceded him in death on November 9, 2015.
David’s lifelong vocation was as a construction power lineman. His home-away-from-home was always with his lineman buddies. He was a member the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1249 and 104.
David was a member of the American Legion in Orleans, the Moose Club, the VFW in Newport, and the Newport Elks Lodge 2155.
He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, music, drinks poured two fingers too tall, history, boats, reading a novel per day, dancing, and evincing his gregarious charm.
He served as a dutiful caregiver to his late wife in the final years of her life, and he was able to rejoin her with little delay.
In the past decade, David gained much strength and insight through Sufism. He was an avid animal lover, especially loving his cats and dogs.
David is survived by his children: Jason Kennedy and his wife, Khayreyah Wahaab of Auckland, New Zealand; Charles Yanacheak of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Marnie Yanacheak of Littleton, Colorado; Michelle Yanacheak of Massena, N.Y.; and Amanda Yanacheak of Smithfield, N.C.; his stepdaughter, Tina DeLorme of Palm Coast, Florida; his grandchildren: Gaby, Andrew, Ethan, Marissa, Julianna, Calvin, Harper, and Jayden; his extant siblings, Ralph Yanacheak and wife Carol of Le Mars, Iowa; Art Yanacheak and wife Diane of St. Paul, Minnesota; Frank Yan-acheak of Anthon, Iowa; and Nedra Haley and husband Rex of Van Buren, Arkansas; a sister-in-law, Sherry Yanacheak of Sioux City; and many nieces and nephews.
Of special mention is David’s long-time friend, Paul Loughran and his wife Amy of Charlestown, Massachusetts.