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Daniel Yolo

September 23, 2018


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Daniel John Yolo Sr. was born June 8, 1925 to Serafino and Rena Yolo, and died September 23, 2018 at the age of 93, to join his wife Margaret who proceeded him in death. He grew up in Santa Rosa where he attended St. Rose Elementary School and Santa Rosa High School. He was drafted into the Army when he was 17 years old and was promoted to Sargent at age 19. One of his most noteworthy battles was leading his men through the battle on the Remagen Bridge in Ludendorf, Germany. Recently after an article in the newspaper about him and his time on the Remagen Bridge, people from all over the world wrote to him to thank him for his service, and they would ask for his autograph. He could not understand what all the fuss was about. He was very humble about his time in the service. After the war was over he visited relatives in Switzerland and Italy and then came home. He started his own business of buying and selling equipment. He ended up having a hay truck and trailer that he couldn’t’t get rid of so, he went into the hay hauling business. A few years later he went into business with his brother, Charlie, to form Yolo Brothers Trucking. When that ended in 1988, he kept three trucks and stayed in the trucking business another 17 years for a total of about 60 years in the trucking business. Also in 1988, he started to farm apples in Sebastopol at his wife’s family’s orchards which he did until his death.

He was a master fabricator. If he needed something and it wasn’t around, he would make it. He built one of the first hay squeezes in Sonoma County. He was a hard – working man. He worked hard and demanded the same. He came off as gruff but he was actually trying to teach all the time. If you didn’t get it, he would let you know about it. He loved deeply. If he loved you, you knew it and if he didn’t, you knew it. He wasn’t one to beat around the bush.

He is survived by his son Danny Yolo (Susan), daughters and son in laws, Christie and John Sanders, Jeanie and Chris Baker and Katy and Brian Northen. Grandchildren, Gail Irwin Caughie, Rod Irwin, Brittney (Adam) Yolo Bridges, Erin (Fitz) Yolo Minnigerode, Bryan Bucci, Daniel, Luke and Brian Northen. Great Grandchildren, Samantha, Catlin and Ella Caughie and Rodney, Rory, Remy and Ridley Irwin, Charlie Bridges and Margaret Minnigerode. He is also survived by his sister in law Janet Daveiro, brother in law and sister in law Jack and Catherine Batten and

numerous nieces and nephews, and last but most definitely not least, his dog Hoppy who was his constant companion and who he loved very much. He will be greatly missed by all of us who loved him.

Services will be Monday, October 1st at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park at 11 am, visitation at 10am. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association or your favorite charity. Daniel John June 8, 1925 – Yolo Sr. September 23, 2018