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John Fletchal Yaggi, 91, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at New Harmonie Healthcare.


He was born in Mt. Vernon, IN on March 9, 1922, the son of Ivan B. and Inez (Ashworth) Yaggi.


In 1935 Ivan Yaggi started the family owned business, Yaggi Plumbing and Heating, located at 123 Main Street, Mt. Vernon. At the age 13, John started learning the business and had continued working actively with his brother and two nephews for the last 70 years.


John is a 1940 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Langley. He is a lifetime member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. He is the last surviving charter member of Civil Defense Fire & Rescue of Mt. Vernon and served as chief firefighter for 18 years and a volunteer fireman for 50 years. He was a charter member of the River City Eagles 4023. He was a member of the Eagles #1117, American Legion Post #5, and the Elks# 277, and also Order Owl Nest # 3.


He was preceded death by his parents; wife of 53 years, Bonnie (Phillips), and his brother, James “Jack” Yaggi.


John is survived by his daughter, Constance M. Sailer and her husband Jerel “Muff” of New Harmony; son, Brigadier General (ret.) Ronald D. Yaggi and his wife Gerry of Annandale, VA; grandchildren, Todd Freimiller and his wife Christine of Sachse, TX and Danielle Storan and her husband Sean of Arlington, VA; great grandchildren, Caden Freimiller and Sophia Storan. He is also survived by nephews, Jim and Roger Yaggi; a special friend Joan Roedel.


The family would like to thank New Harmonie Healthcare, Southern Care Hospice, the church family at St. Matthew’s, and Drs. Vogel and Lee for their compassion and care.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday May 28, 2013 at St. Matthew Catholic Church 421 Mulberry St. in Mt. Vernon with burial to follow in St. Matthew Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Schneider Funeral Home 512 Main St. in Mt. Vernon.


John Yaggi