David L. Yehlik

David L. Yehlik

April 23, 1942 ‐ January 14, 2023
David L. Yehlik
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Westlake, Ohio Visitation: January 19, 2023 Service: January 20, 2023 Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery

David L. Yehlik, age 80, beloved husband of Carol (nee Hahn) for 61 years. Loving father of Christine Haggard (Tony), Deborah Lukas (William), Michele Yehlik and Jeff Yehlik (Molly). Dear grandfather and great-grandfather of many. Uncle of many nieces and nephews. Dave was active in Westlake Sports and loved playing baseball. Funeral services to be held Friday, January 20 at 11:30 am at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake, where friends and family will be received from 5-8 pm on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA Friendship APL, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035

Guest Comments

Omaha, Nebraska

I will miss you Grandpa. I will miss your distinct laugh. The same laugh that has been hereditarily handed down to all your children and several of your grandchildren; the laugh where we laugh a little too loudly at our own comments! But your laugh was special, it always resonated pure joy!
I can remember when we would come to your house and play and you would silently watch us. As a mother myself now, I recognize that watch. You were enjoying your grandchildren, taking in every moment.
You would always let me sit on your lap and watch shows and you would tell me how beautiful I was and I would eat it up!
Your were so patient and loving. You were a man of many talents and I am sure I got my heart for serving others from you.
Visiting Ohio will never be the same without you but I know that our Heavenly Father welcomed you with open arms and released you from all the pain of this world.
Make sure to keep an eye on us and I hope you enjoy being the umpire in fantastic heavenly games!
I love you and miss you.
You’re granddaughter,

Laura and Will Rollin
Peyton, CO

We'll miss you, Uncle Dave.
You could always tell where he was in a room of full of people because of his hardy laugh and all the laughter that surrounded him.
Sending all our Love and Best Wishes for your peace and comfort through these difficult times.

The Debre’s
Rocky River,Ohio

Dave s thoughtfulness, caring and great laugh will be greatly missed by us all. Love to Carol and family. Christine, Debbie, Michelle and Jeff.

Chaplain Jamie Stewart, HWR
Westlake, OH

Thank you for the opportunity to serve David & to support you all during this season of your life. May you find comfort in the retelling of your stories & memories with him. May God draw you closer to each other & to Him in your grief & mourning...

Christine Haggard
Litchfield Ohio

My Dad my friend my go to person when I was hurting and needing help.. he was sensitive but would tell you like it was and if he had to get hard so you would hear and understand he did. He was the best Dad anyone could ask for...the corporate world did not appreciate him but all the people that he touched were treated as family and were loved and blessed by him. He was a stubborn hard headed wonderful man who would give his shirt off his back. If you asked him to stop the world from spinning he would move heaven and earth to do so. He would guide you through anything you wanted to know or experience til you got it no matter how frustrating it may have been. He was my DAD, my Heart, my light and my first love and I will miss him immensely but in the same sense remembered dearly!

Kimberly Schleeper
Medina, Ohio

David was a very hard working man who did everything he could to care and help his family and friends. David and Carol welcomed me into their home like I was a member of their family when I was an eccentric teenage girl and I'll always appreciate it. My deepest condolences to the Yehlik family and everyone David touched.

Jenni Ross

Mr. Yehlik was a wonderful man. I started roading for Tocsin and was welcomed in to the family. I remember Mr. and Mrs. Yehlik going to every local show. I also remember Mr. Yehlik teasing people, or saying something absolutely funny. We were at a show and Ryan asked the audience "why would someone want to steal hubcaps? What do they need them for?" I said Wall coverings, George said Festive Hats and from the back of the room Mr. Yehlik yelled Plates! You never knew what he would say but you knew it would be awesome. He will be greatly missed.

Linda Roll
North olmsted, ohio

Dave was my favorite male cousin. I remember going to aunt rose and uncle franks and Dave was still home. He took the time to show me how to do some pool. As a youngster I honestly thought it was ok to marry him. I would wear my best party dress to see him. I loved him so much. He was a genuine man. So sorry we lost touch. Loved his laugh so hearty. God bless you all. Linda

Ryan McKay
Winter Park, Florida

The world has lost a remarkably patient, giving, and witty human being.

For nearly 10 years I spent an average of two days each week eating the Yehlik's food, disturbing the Yehlik's peace, and testing their patience as Jeff and I used their house as ground zero for our dreams of rock-stardom. We beat up their house dragging heavy amplifiers up and down their stairs, we put a stick of truss through the dashboard of the van that they graciously allowed us to commandeer for years on end, and they pretended not to notice the smells of various incense sticks mixing with clashing candles, scented dog juice that would pour into their living room...all on top of the already memorable scent of sweaty teenage (and young-twenty-something) boys.

Dave played the part of the beleaguered Dad perfectly. While Carol would be sweetly patting us all on the back and bringing us snacks,
smiling while we made noises that would nearly knock the house off the foundation, Dave would be off working on some sort of project... Doing the taxes, fixing a car, or talking the pool out of winter hibernation with that look of frustration, exhaustion, and suffering in his face every time one more moody musician showed up at the door with a stack of gear to move into his basement.

He would poke. He would jab. He would roll his eyes and he would laugh.

But he always had our backs when we needed him. A hard exterior hid a truly caring man.

I'll miss Mr Yehlik and I'll shed tears alongside the wonderful family he helped to build. A family that always made me feel welcome, like I was family as well.

Shelley Storch
Sullivan, Ohio

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.

Alise (Yehlik) Newby
Norman, OK

Sending our love and prayers to you all from Oklahoma.