Yaeger & Kirk
Steve S. Yaeger, known to his friends as “Mr. Kiwanis,” died at the age of 78 on December 1st, 1985 in a Santa Rosa hospital after a brief Illness.
Yaeger began working In the lumber business as a yard hand In Santa Rosa 60 years ago. He was chairman of the board of Yaeger & Kirk Inc., a lumber sales firm on Santa Rosa Avenue, at the time of his death.
He was a past president and a member of the Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club for 46 years, during which he achieved a perfect attendance record.
“He was Mr. Kiwanis and very active in the Boy Scout troop sponsored by the club,” said Frank Vanucci, the club president.
Born In North Dakota, Yaeger moved to the Hessel area in Sonoma County with his parents In 1918. At 18, Yaeger went to work for E.U. White Lumber Co., which later was purchased by Henry Law.
Yaeger worked his way up in the business, became a manager and later he and Law went into business together as Law & Yaeger. In 1952, he and Robert E. Kirk formed Yaeger & Kirk Inc. The lumber yard was located on Wilson Street until 197S, when It moved to a new location on Santa Rosa Avenue.
Besides the Kiwanis Club, Yaeger was the past president of Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, Chairman of Santa Rosa District Boy Scouts, Scoutmaster of 20-30 Club Boy Scout Troop, Director of Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Navy League, Santa Rosa Masonic Lodge No. 57, Santa Rosa Scottish Rites, Aahmes Shrine Temple, the Sonoma County Shrine Club, Independent Order of Foresters No. 53, Herman’s Sons No. 25, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 646, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, International Order of HOO-HOO, Sonoma County Reef Runners and the Santa Rosa Breakfast Club.
He was active in his business and clubs until he became ill two months ago. He is survived by his wife, Frances Yaeger, Santa Rosa; his sons. Buck Yaeger, Windsor, Dennis Yaeger, Glen Ellen, and Russell Yaeger, Sebastopol; a daughter, Laura Oldis, Kelso, Wash.; a brother, Val Yaeger, Fresno, and 11 grandchildren and a great grandchild.
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