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The Rev.  Mirl Glen Yates, age 86, of Duncan, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 in Duncan. Mirl received the greatest Christmas present ever this Christmas as he got to spend it with his Lord and Savior.  We loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed. We also rejoice with him for he is at last at peace in his new home in Glory.  A funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Ray Of Hope Church, with Gaylan Brumley and Dow Pannell officiating. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Mirl was the seventh of nine children born to Dena Mae (Lilley) and William Sterling Yates, in Francis, Oklahoma, on July 11, 1930. 
He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War in 1948. 
He married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Hodges on Aug. 15, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas. Mirl lived to honor his Heavenly Father and preach God's Word.
The Yates family came to Stephens County in 1953 by way of Lawton. They began holding church services in their living room before they acquired a building. That began his lifelong pursuit to preach wherever God led him and to whom ever would listen.  He pastored churches in Locust Grove, Comanche, Walters, Duncan, Lawton, Altus and Wichita, Kansas. His heart was in building churches, loving people, and ministering God's word. He was a jack of all trades and a master of many.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy; two sons, William M. Yates and wife Fontaine, Comanche, and Jason Yates, Texas; one sister, Dena Leader, Ada, Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Stoney M. Yates and wife Anita, Comanche; and Amy Hall, Duncan;  and eight great-grandchildren, Whitney, Landon, Kelsi, Gracie, Gunnor, Legend, Ridge, and McKinley
Mirl was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Ricky Yates.
Online condolences may be sent to comanchefh@pldi.net.
Published on December 28, 2016
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