Jesse “Rex” Yardley, 80, of Fulton died June 28 at home surrounded by family.
He was born in Fulton, to the late Jesse and Mildred (Tooley) Yardley. Jesse has remained a life resident of Fulton.
He was a United States veteran having served in the Navy from 1954 to 1959. He was a Fulton police officer for six years, past employed with Morrill Press, Fulton for 30 years and worked with Menter’Hearse and Ambulance Services for 53 years.
Jesse was an avid volunteer, having been a member of the Fulton Lions Club for 36 years and was the program coordinator for the Eyes and Hearing Program for 25 years.
He was also a past board member with the Fulton Lions Club and the Finger Lakes Eyes and Ears program.
Jesse was a current member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a lifelong member of the State Street Methodist Church, Fulton and he enjoyed hunting, golfing woodworking, gardening and attending all of his grandsons sporting and musical events.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheila Yardley of Fulton; two daughters, Ann-Marie (Dennis) Wise of Fulton, Lynn (Bradley) Shirk of Baldwinsville; grandsons, Zacharie, Jacob and Ryan Shirk; brothers-in-law Donald (Mary Ann) Riley of FL, Leonard Fleming of Fulton; sister-in-law June (Gary) Dusharm of Hastings, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his sister, Ann Fleming.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 4 at the State Street Methodist Church, Fulton with the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan officiating.
Burial will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery where the Fulton VFW Post #569 will bestow military honors.
Calling hours will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 2 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton, NY 13069 or the Fulton Lions Club 212 S. Fifth St., Fulton, NY 13069.