Kevin Kenneth Yaley, 55, of Sperry, died at 8:09pm, Monday, September 13, 2021, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Born October 6, 1965 in Fort Madison, IA, he was the son of Gary Kenneth & JoAnn Ruschill Yaley. On July 1, 1989, he married his college sweetheart, Betzina Eva Marie Hersk, on her island home of Bermuda.
Kevin and Betzina were blessed with 3 sons. Shane, Shawn, & Brett. Kevin loved being a dad and faithfully pointed them to Christ as best he could. He loved his boys unconditionally.
He was a 1984 graduate of Fort Madison High school & a 1988 graduate of Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, MO.
Kevin entered the financial services industry in 1997 w/New York Life, earning several awards for his outstanding client service. In 2003 he joined the firm of Berthel Fisher as a Registered Representative, partnering with Rebecca Anderson & Rick Buller. While at Berthel Fisher, Kevin maintained 2 offices... his official office and another at Diggers Rest Coffeehouse. Kevin loved people, he was a man who genuinely cared for others, people just had a way of knowing they could talk to him about anything. Many would say his genuine care for others, including his clients, was what made him successful in his trade. (At this point he’s probably shouting, “STOP ALL THIS TALK ABOUT ME!”-But Betzina was thankful for his commitment to his trade as he provided well for the family.)
Kevin grew up attending Harmony Bible church, serving for many years as an elder, deacon, SS teacher & AWANA leader. After moving to Sperry, Kevin & Betzina made the decision to begin attending the First United Methodist Church of Mediapolis, desiring to be actively involved in their community. Kevin jumped right in and served as a youth group leader with the Mediapolis Community Youth Group and an AWANA leader. He also coached his boys’ soccer teams. The kids loved Kevin. The young lives that Kevin impacted through his years of ministry were vast. He showed them Jesus’ love in big & small ways.
Kevin wasn’t a big “hobby guy”, but for a few years he did enjoy a good game of racquetball at the Y in the morning. And yes... there was always golf, but that was mostly about the social interaction than playing the game. His most recent interest was remodeling & flipping homes, teaching himself along the way. Philip & Jason... what a flipping team you were. He loved you both.
Survivors include his parents, Gary & JoAnn Yaley; wife, Betzina Yaley of Sperry; sons, Shane Alexander Yaley (22), Shawn Kenneth Yaley (22), & Brett Edward Yaley (16); sister, Kathy (Lance) Anderson of Canton, MS; brothers Mathew (Christina) Yaley & Michael (Jodi) Yaley, both of Danville.
Survivors also include his dear mother-in-law, Betteanne Hersk, who he affectionate refers to as “Millie” & who he welcomed into his home with open arms, his in-laws who he considered his blood: sister-in-law Alexandra (Ron) Krestan of Newton, KS, and sister-in-law Ilona (Dan) Anderson of Loveland, CO.
Kevin’s nieces & nephews were all so very special to him, whether they were related by blood or marriage. He was always “Uncle Kevin”, who when they were little, would give airplane rides, steal their nose & pull out the tickle bug, and when they were older would seek to give godly counsel & wisdom as they grew up: Kaley Reed, Lauren Anderson, Josie Situmeang, Reid Yaley, Cade Yaley, Trent Yaley, BreAnn Yaley, Cassidy Yaley, Trevor Yaley, Autumn Yaley, Trenton Yaley, Colter Yaley, Adam Krestan, Alyssa Krestan, Seth Anderson, Joel Anderson & Isabella Anderson. Finally, Kevin will also be greatly missed by his beloved golden retriever, Lucy.
Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents & by his father-in-law George Hersk.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.
Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM Monday, September 27, 2021 at Harmony Bible Church, Danville Campus.
The memorial service for Mr. Kevin will be 11:00 AM Monday, September 27, 2021, at Harmony Bible Church, Danville Campus with Pastor Chris Carr officiating (view virtually at https://youtu.be/SDB0WpF9Y88) . A time of food and fellowship will be held at the church immediately following the service.
A memorial has been established for Left Hand Legacy Ministries, which is a new ministry established in Kevin’s memory for the specific purpose of continuing his legacy of giving to those in need...big needs/small needs.
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