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Drexel Yandell

May 31, 1925 — February 23, 2017

Drexel Yandell, 91, a resident of Benbrook for more than 50 years, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at Western Hills Church of Christ, 8800 Chapin Road, Fort Worth. Interment: Private for the family. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be Drexel's grandchildren: Chase Yandell, Devan Yandell, Connor Vollmering, Megan Vollmering, Wayne Passmore, and Tonya Gray.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the Yandell family requests contributions in Drexel's memory to the Navajo Code Talkers Foundation Museum Fund, P.O. Box 1266, Window Rock, Ariz. 86515.

Drexel Yandell was born May 31, 1925, in Weeks, Ark., the middle of three children to the late Irvin Columbus and Clara Barton Garvin Yandell. He graduated from Quanah High School and Texas Tech University and made his career with General Dynamics, retiring after more than 30 years of dedicated service. Drexel married the former Wanda Houston in Abilene on Aug. 23, 1959, and together they reared three children, Kent, Clay, and Gail. He had many hobbies including his ham radio and reading but one of his greatest joys was his ranch in Hamilton County.

He was a veteran of World War II and served with honor in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Division in the Pacific, with the Navajo Indians as a radio operator. He was one of the founding members of Western Hills Church of Christ.

Drexel was preceded in death by a son, Drexel Kent Yandell; his parents; and his sisters.

Survivors: Wife of 57 years, Wanda Yandell of Fort Worth; son, Clay Yandell and wife, Diana, of Benbrook; daughter, Gail Vollmering and husband, Gil, of Arlington; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of loving church family and friends.

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