Thomas Yake

Thomas W. Yake

Monday, January 17th, 1949 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Thomas W. Yake, 71, of Kennebunk died September 9, 2020, at RiverRidge Center in Kennebunk with his family by his side.

He was born in Kansas City, MO on January 17, 1949, the second child of Opal and Keith Yake.
Thomas graduated from Southport High School in Indianapolis, IN in 1967 and enrolled at Indiana University that fall where he would later graduate and become the first college graduate in his family.

Thomas married Jullaine R. Hall on August 22, 1970. He enlisted in the US Army in 1970 and was later commissioned as an officer where he obtained the rank of Captain before separating from the National Guard in 1984. There he served in artillery and military police units during his time in service.Thomas served as a deputy on the Marion County Sherriff’s Department for over 6 years. He was an entrepreneur of many different businesses including Yake & Associates, Inc.

He was predeceased by his parents, Keith and Catherine Yake and his sister, Carol Ann Newport.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jullaine R. Yake of Kennebunk, Me. He is also survived by 3 children Ryan, Chad and Kristin as well as 4 grandchildren.

At his family’s request, all services will be private. Online condolences may be sent to

His family would like to thank the entire staff at River Ridge Center for their tremendous efforts and compassionate care.
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Charlie Goldblatt

Posted at 12:56pm
I just saw this on line. I am very sorry for your loss. I have done work for Tom over the years. There was no one more knowledgeable of the nitty gritty of retailing. Tom had a great sense of humor, one that ingratiated him to the people around him. I will miss him greatly. He is someone who really made a positive difference in the world.

Daniel Timmerman

Posted at 01:35pm
I was so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Tom hired me at Service Merchandise and he was a great boss. He was always so supportive of my career, even after he left SMC. We talked a few times over the years. I have fond memories of meeting the young family at my first annual SMC meeting at the Opryland Hotel in 1983. I know he will be missed. God Bless.

Dennis Hamer MCSD, Retired

Posted at 02:56am
Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I worked with Tom for a short period of time on the Marion County Sheriff Dept. in Indianapolis and also served with him at the 38th MP Company of the Indiana Army National Guard. Later we reconnected when I bagan reuniting retirees of the Sheriff Dept. and other former members. Tom was a good man and it was a pleasure and honor to have served with him. RIP in Heaven old friend, your time here was well served.

Judith Hansen

Posted at 10:26am
Dear Julllaine, Ryan, Chad and Kristen - I am so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. He is one of the most charismatic people I have ever met. During my years as a freelance writer, he was my favorite client, and he taught me so much. I will always remember him as a kind, empathetic, wise and intelligent man, with a great sense of humor, who adored his family above all else.
Judith Hansen

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