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.