Anthony Joseph Yust, age 90, of Seneca, MO, passed away Sunday, January 28, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin, MO, surrounded by his loving family. Anthony was born July 7, 1927, in Seneca, MO, on the family farm where he returned in 1968 and resided until his passing. His parents were the late Charles Leon Julius Yust and Anna Angeline Kruse Yust.
Anthony attended Hubert Center School through the eighth grade and graduated from Seneca High School in 1944. While in high school he was a member of the football and baseball teams. Anthony was drafted into the army in 1946 and served our country in Japan with the 35th Infantry. In December 1950, he began working at Goodrich in Miami, OK, retiring in 1985. Anthony met the love of his life, Rose Marie Kramer, on a blind date set up by his sister, Mildred, and were married June 23, 1951. They built their home in Miami before their first child was born in 1952. They lived there until moving to the Yust family farm in June 1968. Anthony & Rose Marie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2001, before Rose’s passing on September17 of the same year. Anthony was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Seneca Athletic Club, Joplin Little Theatre, a charter member of the Seneca Booster Club, and a commissioner of the Seneca Special Road District. Anthony coached youth baseball and softball, umpired Little League Baseball, and was a member of the high school football “chain gang” for many years. His other hobbies included gardening, hunting, and fishing.
In addition to his wife and parents, Anthony was preceded in death by a daughter, Dianne Yust Kelly; a son-in-law Jack “Fred” Anderson; nine siblings, Melvin “Bud” Yust, Wilfred Yust, Edward Yust, Arnold Yust, Earl Yust, Dorothy Campbell, Ralph Yust, Paul Yust, and Marcella Benson.
Anthony is survived by ten children Michael Yust and Kay, Seneca; Kathy Patton and Carl, Seneca; Charlene Anderson, Seneca; Charles Yust and Jana, Seneca; Terry Yust and Tamera, Carthage; Joe Yust and Rhonda, Seneca; Angie Roark and Brian, Seneca; Brian Yust and Kenda, Seneca; Neil Yust and Lois, Carthage; Carolyn Stephens, Seneca and son-in-law Michael R. Kelly, Seneca; a brother Alfred Yust, Kansas City; two sisters, Mildred Morse, Joplin, and Ruth Richardson, Chesterfield, MO. He is also survived by 38 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren.
Rosary will be from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, with visitation to follow. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m. Both services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Seneca. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Seneca, MO, with military honors. Pallbearers will be his sons and sons-in-law.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, PO Box 1169, Seneca, MO 64865.