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SEPT. 3, 1928 -- MARCH 15, 2005

Gerald A. Yeates, 76, a retired letter carrier of Fort Pierce Fla., died unexpectedly March 15 in Holmes Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from McKinley High School.

During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the Marines, reaching the rank of sergeant.

For about 30 years, he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the Hertel Avenue area, retiring in 1989. He then moved to Fort Pierce.

He was a founder of Riverside-Black Rock Little League Football and was a vice commissioner in Riverside-Black Rock Little League Baseball.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Rose Marie Logan; three sons, Gerard A. of Derby, Michael S. of Buffalo and Timothy J. of the Town of Tonawanda; a daughter, Kathleen J. of Buffalo; a brother, William R. of Derby; a sister, Jeanne Marie Habig of Westfield; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. next Saturday in All Saints Catholic Church, 207 Esser Ave. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.