Melvin Yale

Obituary of Melvin Yale

Melvin R. Yale

Unadilla-- Melvin R. Yale, 84, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

Melvin was born June 29, 1933 in Sidney to Kenneth & Ethel (Cole) Yale. He was raised on the family farm in Trout Creek, attended school in Deposit, graduating in 1949.

He continued working on the farm until he went to work at Breakstone's in Walton, where he was a supervisor for 35 years.

Melvin married Betty (Ellett) Hogan on August 24, 1980 in Walton.

Mel loved country music. He and Betty could be found most Friday and Saturday Nights dancing at either the Country Tavern or Babcock's, where they made many friends over the years. Melvin loved driving the country side too. They would end up in Wheeling, VA, or Texas or Florida at any given time.

The Yales moved to Holder, Florida in 1988 to enjoy the warm weather, returning to New York 5 years ago.

Melvin was a very hard worker and retirement never slowed him down. He was always working on a project. He took up mowing lawns as well.

Mel is survived by: his loving wife Betty of Unadilla; children: Kathy (Mike) Head of FL, Melanie (Louise) Yale of FL, Karen (Jeff) Glasner of Walton, Mike (Shelly) Hogan of Walton, Sheri (Bob) Ruff of Sidney, Laurie (Skeet) Wood of Bainbridge, Kim Yale of Sidney, and Mike Yale of Sidney; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Gordon and sister, Norma.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.