Gordon Eugene “Gordy” Yates, 74, Davis, Illinois (Lake Summerset) passed away at 12:22 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2010 after a long illness. \r\r\n\r\r\n Gordy was born May 22, 1935 in Winnebago, Illinois, the son of Earl and Ester (Gaston) Yates. As a child his family moved to northern Minnesota and lived at the family resort on Lake Kabtogama. There he met and married Dorothy Hoffman (Geiser), the mother of his three children. After moving back to Illinois, he was employed by Winnebago County Highway Dept, from which he retired. Gordy enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, hunting, boating and motorcycle riding. Those who knew him will remember him for his big heart and special laugh. The family would like to thank Medina Manor Nursing Center and Hospice of Illinois for their loving care. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include his long-time life partner, Judy Fink; his three children Darrell (Karen) Yates, Grafton, Wisconsin, Carmen (Steve) Stewart, Bend, Oregon and Mike (Julie) Yates, Rockton, Illinois; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother Arthur (Wiladene) Yates and his dog “Cubby”. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Donna (David) Haile. \r\r\n\r\r\n A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2010 in McCorkle Funeral Home, 101 Main Street, Durand, Illinois with Pastor Roger Shrum, pastor of First Born Ministries, Loves Park, Illinois officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to time of service Saturday, May 22.