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Ernest Yarnevich Jr.

September 12, 1944 — October 5, 2017

Ernest Nicholas Yarnevich, Jr., 73, of Fairway, Kansas died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital. He was born to parents Ernest Nicholas Yarnevich, Sr. and Helen Mary (McLatchey) Yarnevich September 12, 1944 in Kansas City, MO.
He graduated from Wyandotte High School (class of 1962), was on the swim team, excelled at debate, and was proud to be an Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Kansas, where he served as president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, received a degree in political science in 1966, and met Anne Beeson, who became his best friend and soulmate for the rest of his life. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1969, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, and was a member of Board of Editors of the KU Law Review.
He joined the US Army Reserves, and began a wonderful career as an attorney with Slagle & Bernard law firm (later Slagle, Bernard & Gorman), which lasted for forty-eight years. He was devoted to his clients, many of whom also became his friends, and he shared a mutual respect with his partners. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Lawyers association of Kansas City, and enjoyed a close involvement with the Heart of America Tax Institute, where he was Co-Chairman in 1981, for many years.
Ernie placed a high value on relationships with his family and friends. He and Anne shared a deep love, and were looking forward to the family trip their children had planned to celebrate their upcoming 50th anniversary. He was a devoted father, mentor, role model and friend to David and his wife, Molly, Caroline and her husband, Marc, and a loving "Dida" to his adored granddaughters, Sarah, Olivia and Gracyn. He treasured memories of recent family reunions with both of his parents families, and valued time spent in close relationship with his brother, George, sister, Carol, sister-in-law, Barbara, and their families, and was proud of his Croatian and Scottish heritage. He was kind, generous, and loyal to his friends, and loved opportunities to entertain and spend time with them.
Ernie was a passionate fan of KU basketball, the Chiefs and Royals. He was an avid reader with a special interest in World War II, and was very proud of the role his father played immediately after the Normandy invasion as a Counterintelligence officer in the Armys OSS. Winston Churchill was his hero.
He was a lifelong learner, and for years he and Anne were students of the Great Courses lectures in subjects including history, philosophy, art and music. He was currently immersed in classes on both the development of Western civilization, as well as particle physics. He had a broad taste in music ranging from Beethoven and Debussy to folk music, Lead Belly and Gregorian chants.
Words often used to describe Ernie were faithful, ethical, having a keen intellect and integrity, loyal, sincere, dedicated, kind, generous, patient and humble. He was both a gentle man, and a consummate gentleman.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of forty nine years, Anne; son, David Yarnevich, his wife Molly, and their daughters, Sarah and Olivia; daughter, Caroline Mackey, her husband, Marc, and their daughter, Gracyn; his brother, George Yarnevich, and wife, Margaret; sister, Carol Fields, and husband, David; sister-in-law, Barbara Stuber, and husband, Jack; nieces and nephews, Kay Yarnevich Smith (Matt and children, Ethan and Nate), Steve Yarnevich (Lynne and children, Lauryn and Meagan); Chris Fields (children, Caydence and Connor), Katie Wilkinson (Brad), Andrew Smith, Anna Smith, Austin Smith and numerous cousins, friends, and colleagues.
A celebration of Ernie's Life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM. at The Village Presbyterian Church (https://goo.gl/bEZ2TW) at 6700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Ernies memory to CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte counties (https://goo.gl/VXGZGT) 5700 Broadmoor Street, Suite 201 Mission KS 66202.
Ernest Nicholas Yarnevich, Jr., 73, of Fairway, Kansas died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. Lukes Hospital. He was born to parents Ernest Nicholas Yarnevich, Sr. and Helen Mary (McLatchey) Yarnevich September 12, 1944 in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Wyandotte High School (class of 1962), was on the swim team, excelled at debate, and was proud to be an Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Kansas, where he served as president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, received a degree in political science in 1966, and met Anne Beeson, who became his best friend and soulmate for the rest of his life. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1969, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi, and was a member of Board of Editors of the KU Law Review. He joined the US Army Reserves, and began a wonderful career as an attorney with Slagle & Bernard law firm (later Slagle, Bernard & Gorman), which lasted for forty-eight years. He was devoted to his clients, many of whom also became his friends, and he shared a mutual respect with his partners. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Lawyers association of Kansas City, and enjoyed a close involvement with the Heart of America Tax Institute, where he was Co-Chairman in 1981, for many years. Ernie placed a high value on relationships with his family and friends. He and Anne shared a deep love, and were looking forward to the family trip their children had planned to celebrate their upcoming 50th anniversary. He was a devoted father, mentor, role model and friend to David and his wife, Molly, Caroline and her husband, Marc, and a loving "Dida" to his adored granddaughters, Sarah, Olivia and Gracyn. He treasured memories of recent family reunions with both of his parents families, and valued time spent in close relationship with his brother, George, sister, Carol, sister-in-law, Barbara, and their families, and was proud of his Croatian and Scottish heritage. He was kind, generous, and loyal to his friends, and loved opportunities to entertain and spend time with them. Ernie was a passionate fan of KU basketball, the Chiefs and Royals. He was an avid reader with a special interest in World War II, and was very proud of the role his father played immediately after the Normandy invasion as a Counterintelligence officer in the Armys OSS. Winston Churchill was his hero. He was a lifelong learner, and for years he and Anne were students of the Great Courses lectures in subjects including history, philosophy, art and music. He was currently immersed in classes on both the development of Western civilization, as well as particle physics. He had a broad taste in music ranging from Beethoven and Debussy to folk music, Lead Belly and Gregorian chants. Words often used to describe Ernie were faithful, ethical, having a keen intellect and integrity, loyal, sincere, dedicated, kind, generous, patient and humble. He was both a gentle man, and a consummate gentleman. He will be deeply missed by his wife of forty nine years, Anne; son, David Yarnevich, his wife Molly, and their daughters, Sarah and Olivia; daughter, Caroline Mackey, her husband, Marc, and their daughter, Gracyn; his brother, George Yarnevich, and wife, Margaret; sister, Carol Fields, and husband, David; sister-in-law, Barbara Stuber, and husband, Jack; nieces and nephews, Kay Yarnevich Smith (Matt and children, Ethan and Nate), Steve Yarnevich (Lynne and children, Lauryn and Meagan); Chris Fields (children, Caydence and Connor), Katie Wilkinson (Brad), Andrew Smith, Anna Smith, Austin Smith and numerous cousins, friends, and colleagues. A celebration of Ernie's Life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM. at The Village Presbyterian Church (https://goo.gl/bEZ2TW) at 6700 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Ernies memory to CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte counties (https://goo.gl/VXGZGT) 5700 Broadmoor Street, Suite 201 Mission KS 66202.
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SERVICES Memorial Service
Friday, October 20, 2017 2:00 PM
Village Presbyterian Church 6700 Mission Rd Prairie Village, Kansas

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