Chuck Yates

Born: Thu., Aug. 5, 1948
Died: Thu., Dec. 19, 2013


Location: - Not available -


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Mr. Charles J. "Chuck" Yates, 65, of Lima, Illinois, a well known local radio personality, died at 8:50 a.m. Thursday (December 19, 2013) in his home.

    Born August 5, 1948 in Sparta, Illinois, Chuck was the son of Stephen and Trannie Burt Yates.

    Music was Chuck's passion. He played bass guitar for several local bands including, The Strata Kats, Lil Ronnie & the Impersonators and most recently for Mike & CO.

   A graduate of Quincy High School and the Academy of Famous Broadcasters in Kansas City, Missouri, Chuck became a fixture of local media. He began his career in at WGEM Radio and in 1968 helped to launch KGRC Radio where he worked until 1990. Chuck had also worked at WTAD and KHQA.  In 2000, Chuck helped launch WPWQ "The Oldies 106.7" where he had the popular morning show "Chuck & Karen in the Morning".  Chuck retired in 2007.

   Survivors include four children, Emily Yates-Huneke (Derek), Travis Yates (Renea), Lindsay Yates and Kelly Yates all of Quincy; and three grandchildren, Caitlyn Hecht, Brandon Hecht and Lucas Yates.

   Mr. Yates was preceded in death by his parents; and his step father, Kenneth Hardy.

   Cremation rites have been accorded to Chuck.

   The family will meet with friends to celebrate Chuck's life on Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Quincy Public School Music Department.

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CK & Pam Garner
   Posted Fri December 20, 2013
Our deepest sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with all of you in the loss of you dad. Have so many good memories and times with Chuck not to mention listening to him all those years on the radio. May Chuck now RIP.

   Posted Fri December 20, 2013
Praying for you and your family to have peace at this time.

Jim Dewey
   Posted Fri December 20, 2013
Chuck, I have missed you and will continue to do so. Happily, you are at peace. Keep on Rockin'.

Rodney Hoffman
   Posted Fri December 20, 2013
I was sorry to hear of your loss. Chuck will always be known to me as Quincy's oldest teenager. I know the thoughts and prayers of many are with you at this time.

Robin Maglioacchetti
   Posted Fri December 20, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Chucks family...God Bless.

John Wingate
   Posted Sat December 21, 2013
Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the family. I knew Chuck from his KGRC-FM days when I was in the Explorer Post 929 while in high school. Chuck was a great example for young, future broadcasters. Rest in peace, Chuck.

Louie Schaefer
   Posted Sat December 21, 2013
It has been years since I have been connected to Quincy but my vocation was shaped by those of Explorer Post 929 leadership. Mr Yates was one I knew then and highly respected. I am so sorry for the family that he has parted from. God Bless and comfort you all.

Jane Merkel Burton
   Posted Mon December 23, 2013
I knew Chuck when he started at KGRC and clear up to the end of his radio career. He was by far the best DJ I ever knew. He had the best voice I have ever heard on the radio. Such a professional. I worked at Merkels and he use to do remote's for us, probably from each radio station he ever worked for. Also was a customer and a easy person to talk to. Always friendly and easy to talk to. RIP Chuck and know that you are sincerely missed.

Mike Moyers
   Posted Mon December 23, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Yates family. Chuck was one of those broadcasters you enjoyed listening to. And he was one of those people you enjoyed being around. He will be missed.

   Posted Mon December 23, 2013
I grew up listening to Chuck on KGRC 100,000 Watts. In later years I had the opportunity to work with him At WTAD. I was always impressed with his vast musical knowledge of Songs and Music Groups past and present.My sympathy to Chucks family and many Friends.

Tara McCabe August
   Posted Mon December 23, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family tonight. I was friends with Chuck and Morrie in high school. Chuck had the most distinctive voice...perfect for radio. It was rich and smooth and, throughout the years, I immediately recognized it whenever I heard him. And did this guy know his music! Wow. He was a walking encyclopedia of music trivia. I'm sure he's rockin' that heavenly choir!

Pam (Hunt) Aimone
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
My deepest condolences to Chuck's family. He was a talented radio announcer but his greatest assests were in his willingness to help anyone at anytime as well as create the very finest commercials and statione ID's. He worked hard in the production studio, he knew music and the final product was always a testament to his talent. May your sorrow quickly turn to happy memories.

Jeff Blanton
   Posted Fri January 24, 2014
I worked with Chuck at KGRC in the mid-1980's. He was a great teacher and mentor for a young broadcaster, as he gave me my first job in radio.

He was a great broadcaster and a good man.

Brad Lovett
   Posted Thu May 08, 2014
I unfortunately just found Chuck's obituary while looking up some information on KGRC. I worked for and with Chuck briefly at KGRC. I'm very sorry to hear of his passing and send condolences to family, friends an co-workers.

Reginald Ferguson
   Posted Sun January 18, 2015
My condolences. I am sorry.

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