BELGRADE -- Carl George Yeaton, retired colonel, U.S. Air Force, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at his Belgrade home. He had been in failing health for some time. He was born in Winthrop on July 28, 1924, the only child of Floyd Lawrence and Clara West (Andrews) Yeaton.
Carl was a graduate of Winthrop High School and Ohio State University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943, and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force. He completed pilot training and was commissioned on Dec. 23, 1944. He served until 1945. For the next two years, he lived and worked in Winthrop. He then applied for and received a regular commission in the U.S. Air Force. He reported for active duty on Jan. 13, 1948, and served until his retirement on Aug. 1, 1975. He and his wife, Maggie, moved to Belgrade that summer.
After about five years of "retirement," he became involved with town committees and served as selectperson for seven years. He was chairman of the committee for Belgrade's bicentennial celebration in 1996. He was chosen Citizen of the Year in 2006 and received the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute from the town of Belgrade in March 2012.
Carl was a life member of the Alfred W. Maxwell Jr., Post 40, American Legion, in Winthrop, the Messalonskee Masonic Lodge, in Oakland, and the Royal Arch Chapter 37, of Winthrop.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret (Tarr) Yeaton; a son, William Wayne Yeaton, of Tucson, Ariz.; and a daughter, Clara Ellen (Yeaton) Perry, and her husband, Charles, of Rochester, N.H., and The Villages, Fla. A second daughter, Carla Jean Yeaton, died of cancer in 1952, at the age of 3. He also leaves several cousins and many friends.
It was Carl's wish that there be no flowers, visitation or funeral. A committal service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade in the spring.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Oakland; www.wheelerfh.com.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Belgrade Rescue, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME 04917.