Louis F. “Luke” Yager, 84, of New Philadelphia and formerly of Germano, went home to be with his Lord, on Monday, January 22, 2018 in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.

Born in Sherrard, West Virginia, Luke was born on July 8, 1933 to the late George H. and Frances M. (Yanak) Yager.

After completing his formal education, Luke honorably served his country in the United States Navy. Luke was aboard the air craft carrier, USS Philippine Sea during the Korean War. Luke worked for 34 years at the former Joy Manufacturing where he served as an expediter.

On December 28, 1958, he married his lifelong companion and friend, the former Janice L. Porter. Together they were blessed with the birth of their two children, Doug and Andrea. Together as a family they enjoyed many vacations throughout the United States and world. Luke also loved tending to his garden and astronomy.

Most importantly, he lived his life to serve others and make a difference for eternity. Luke was a devoted and active member of the First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia where he served in every capacity including a Sunday School teacher, Lay Leader, and delegate to the church conference. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Lighthouse Youth Center at the church, being a founding board member. Luke rarely missed a Friday night and greatly enjoyed interacting with the students in attendance.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Janice; his children, Douglas (Mary) Yager of Lititz, PA, and Andrea (Neil) Yager Boone of Prospect, KY; his grandchildren, Nathan and Luke Yager and Logan, Sawyer, and Preston Boone; his sister, Ernestine Stephens of AZ; his brother, James (Ella) Yager of Westlake; his sister-in-law, Kay (Chuck) Singer of Louisville; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Luke was preceded in passing by his brother, George Yager.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Friday, January 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. A service celebrating Luke’s life will be held in the First United Methodist Church on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service in the church. A committal service at Cadiz Union Cemetery will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 28.

Memorial contributions in Luke’s memory may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 201 W. High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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