Rebecca Yackley, 85, of Onida, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Pierre, with family present.
Funeral Mass was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Onida, with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating. Burial will be in the Onida Cemetery. A wake was held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020, with visitation one-hour prior, all at the church.
Rebecca “Becky” Frances (Sack) Yackley, along with her twin sister Regina “Gina”, was born on July 15, 1934 to Frank and Katie (Lynn) Sack in Coffeeville, Kansas. Prior to Becky entering the second grade, Frank and Katie moved their family to Wichita, Kansas. Becky, her parents and two of her siblings (Regina and Colletta) moved to Onida, SD when Becky entered junior high. Becky graduated from Onida High School in 1952. Upon graduation, Becky secured a job with the State of South Dakota where she worked for approximately one year before marrying her high school sweetheart, Bud Yackley, on a very hot July 6, 1953 in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Agar, SD. Becky and Bud made their home in Onida, SD up until November 2017 and January 2018, respectively, when they entered Edgewood Senior Living in Pierre, SD.
Becky was a “stay at home Mom” taking in laundry/ironing to earn extra money for the family until all of her children were in school. Becky then worked at various local businesses such as the grocery store, in the kitchen at the local school, at the Onida Bank, the Sully County Soil Conservation District, etc., in the following years. Becky taught catechism for many years. She belonged to the St Pius X Catholic Church, the Altar Society at the St Pius X Catholic Church, the Sully County Jaycettes, and many other community organizations. She loved to play cards. She loved to dance and listen to music by Eddie Arnold, Charlie Pride and others. She played softball into her 50’s. She bowled into her 70’s. She taught herself to knit and crochet. She was committed to making a good home for her family. She especially loved being around family and friends. Becky and Bud drove many, many miles, sat on many, many bleachers, spent many, many hours following their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in their various activities whether it was athletics, academics, plays, concerts, baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings, etc., and they loved every minute of those experiences.
Becky is survived by her husband: Bud Yackley of Onida/Pierre SD; her children: Fran (Mark) McQuirk of Onida SD, Reed (Barb) Yackley of Sioux Center IA, Nola (Tom) LaRosh of Onida SD, Joe (Mary Pat) Yackley of Clermont FL, Greg (Julene) Yackley of Onida SD, Kirk (Jackie) Yackley of Onida SD, Beth (Dave) Rinehart of Onida SD and Scott (Christy) Yackley of Bullhead City AZ; her grandchildren: Nate (Lori) McQuirk of Oacoma SD, Amy (Taren) Robb of Onida SD, Laura (fiancé Jerrad Adams) McQuirk of Chamberlain SD, Jason (Alyssa) McQuirk of Chamberlain SD, Jerome (Tiffany) Yackley of Olathe KS, Nicki (Jeremy) Yackley-Franken of Watertown SD, Chris Yackley of Olympia WA, Becky (Eric) Newell of Barnesville MN, Heather (Shawn) Hofer of Marion SD, Brandon (Tina) LaRosh of Onida SD, Somer (Justin) Garrigan of Dupree SD, Jessica (Matt) Buhler of Onida SD, Ben (Jenny) Yackley of Spearfish SD, Stephanie Yackley of Marietta GA, Tyler Yackley of Spearfish SD, John (Melissa) Yackley of Billings MT, Sarah (Jon) Yackley-Ploeger of Aurora CO, Kevin Yackley of Pierre SD, Lesli Colestock of Kimball SD, Kristen (Jason) Pittmann of Baltic SD, Kevin (Amanda) Colestock of Onida SD, Mark (Lori) Yackley of Harrisburg SD, Tom (Ashley) Yackley of Onida SD, Andy Yackley of Tea SD, Melissa Yackley of Glendive MT, Brayden Yackley of Onida SD, Connor Yackley of Onida SD, Travis (Nicole) Rinehart of Pierre SD, Tate Rinehart of Onida SD, and Rachel Cole of Rapid City SD; her great grandchildren: Chase and Jayde McQuirk of Oacoma SD, Gabby McQuirk, Rylan Williams and Gentry Robb of Onida SD, Jey and Alexis Yackley of Olathe KS, Mia, Brandon and Zayne Franken of Watertown SD, Madison, Brooke and Lilah Yackley of Olympia WA, Katie and Amelia Newell of Barnesville MN, Noah, Zach and Ike Hofer of Marion SD, Taydon, Bryson, Payson and Tennisyn LaRosh of Onida SD, Quentin and Karsin Garrigan of Dupree SD, Evia, Ally, Henry, Renlee and Odessa Buhler of Onida SD, Braden and Brooklynn Yackley of Spearfish SD, Hendrix Yackley of Marietta GA, Tatin, Gavin and Bristin Yackley of Spearfish SD, Harper and Asher Yackley of Billings MT, Emma and Harrison Ploeger of Aurora CO, Shay Colestock and Zander Geppert of Kimball SD, Jayden and Julia Pittmann of Baltic SD, Blakely Colestock of Onida SD, Carson and Kendyl Yackley of Harrisburg SD, Jane and Emily Yackley of Onida SD, Owen and Maxx Yackley of Tea SD, Gracelynn Rinehart of Pierre SD and Connor Dahl of Rapid City SD; her sister: Colletta Stewart of Sioux Falls SD; her brothers/sisters-in-law: Jerry Culey of Gillette WY, Patricia Whatley of Santa Ana CA, Joanne Brownell of Kenmore WA, Bob (Elaine) Yackley of Onida SD, Deanne Knudtson of Rapid City SD and Lois Yackley of Denver CO; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Becky was preceded in death by her infant son: Nicholas Yackley; her parents: Frank and Katie (Lynn) Sack; her parents-in-law: Ben and Vi (May) Yackley; her siblings and their spouses: Nora (Frank) Barthelme, Bill (Edna) Johnson, Helen (Loren) Mills, Jim (Betty) Sack, Clara (Bill) Gravley, Emma Jean Culey and Regina (Gary) Aldrich; her in-laws and their spouses: Richard Yackley, Ed Whatley and Jim Knudtson.
As many of you know, Becky/Mom struggled with Alzheimer’s the last few years of her life. It is a horrible disease that robs a person of their identity and their dignity. We as a family cannot even begin to express our gratitude to the staff/personnel of Edgewood Senior Living that took care of our Mom for the last 2+ years. You truly became a part of our family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Onida Cemetery Association, PO Box 265, Onida, SD 57564, St. Pius X Catholic Church and/or Edgewood Senior Living of Pierre SD.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Becky’s arrangements.