Yale A. Kohlbacher of Lakewood, N.Y., died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in WCA Hospital.
He was born May 1, 1919, in Jamestown, the son of the late George M. and Ethel Erickson Kohlbacher.
Yale was a 1938 graduate of Jamestown High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in the spring of 1941. He attained the rank of sergeant, and served in North Africa and Italy. He was one of the first to return home after the war and gained employment with the former Jamestown Telephone Company as a cable splicer, retiring in 1981, as the cable department supervisor.
As a youth, with his father, he saw Babe Ruth play in Yankee Stadium and became a lifelong Yankee fan acquiring the nickname of "Casey."
He enjoyed golfing, bowling and swimming. He especially enjoyed spending the summers at his home on Chautauqua Lake.
Yale was a member of the Lakewood Memorial Post 1286 American Legion and a past member of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and the Lakewood Kiwanis Club, serving as its treasurer.
Surviving are his wife, Betty I. Kohlbacher; two sons: David (Diane) Kohlbacher of Lakewood, and Mark Kohlbacher of Jamestown; four grandchildren: Kristi Ternullo and Kyle Kohlbacher, both of Pittsburgh, Keith (Shauna) Kohlbacher of Jamestown, and Kara Kohlbacher of Silver Creek; seven great grandchildren: Cole, Gavin and Leah Ternullo, all of Pittsburgh, Alexandria and Alyssa Cornell, both of Silver Creek, and Kaia and Annika Kohlbacher, both of Jamestown.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George A. Kohlbacher.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Lind Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 25 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Yale at www.lindfuneralhome.com.