Paul Ray Yeager, 86, owned Dare Gun Room for many years

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Paul Ray Yeager, 86, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, after a long battle with Lewy-Body Dementia.

Paul was a native of Sherman, Texas, and a graduate of Sherman High School, Austin College with a degree in physics and he earned his MBA from George Washington University. He was a Peninsula resident since August 1952. Most recently, he was a resident at Warwick Forest Retirement Community.

Paul retired from the General Research Instructional Branch of NASA after 35 years. He received an American Chemical Society Award for achievements in measurement and science, was awarded three patents, and had 27 published research papers. He was a patron member of the NRA, an International Shooting Union Class A judge and chief of USISC classification for 12 years. He also was the owner of Dare Gun Room for many years.

He was a member of Providence UMC, where he served as treasurer. He was president of Dare PTA for two years, president of Grafton Youth Football for one year, served as assistant coach for Pee Wee Football for three years and was a coach of Lafayette Jr. Rifle team for seven years.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Cleveland Yeager. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Yeager Allsbrook, and her husband, Mike, of Southern Shores, N.C.; and his son, David Yeager, and his wife, Tanya, of Gloucester, Va.; granddaughters, Katlin Allsbrook, and her boyfriend, Keith Peck, of Dayton, Ohio, and Jenilee Allsbrook Hart, and her husband, Cody, of Manteo, N.C.; grandson, Shane Yeager of Gloucester, Va.; and great-granddaughter, Audrey Hart of Manteo, N.C.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the cemetery of Providence United Methodist Church with the Rev. C. Douglas Akers officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow the service in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may made to Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23692.