Ed Yeager Wiki – Ed Yeager Bio
Ed Yeager, co-owner of the four Yeager hardware stores in the Fort Smith and Van Buren area and son of the company founder, died on Monday (April 27). He was 78 years old. He was also a co-owner and operator of the Shamrock Liquor Warehouse in Fort Smith.
Ed Yeager Age
He was 78 years old
Ed Yeager Wife & Children
Ed Yeager survived by his wife, Shirley of the house; a daughter, Deborah Clark and husband Scott, of Fort Smith; a son-in-law, Aaron Windsor of Benton; a sister, Carolyn “Kakie” Deffenbaugh and husband Gary of Van Buren; a brother, Ernie Yeager and wife Florence of Jasper; and four grandchildren, Ashton Clark and Braden Clark, both from Fort Smith, Gage Windsor from Fayetteville and Lexi Windsor from Benton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Van Buren Boys and Girls Club, the Van Buren Center for Art and Education, or the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
Ed Yeager Career ( Hardware Store)
Yeager Hardware was founded in Van Buren in a 3,600-square-foot building at 910 Broadway by Ernest Yeager in 1959, according to the Yeager Hardware website. Ed would join the company as a store manager in 1966. Ernest sold the store to his son in 1982, the same year the business moved to a great location at 1401 E. Main St. in Van Buren. The store would move again in 1984 to its current Van Buren site at 1610 E. Main St. Ed opened a second location in 1987 on Midland Avenue in Fort Smith, and that location would move in 1990 to 2619 Rogers Ave., which remains open. He would then open a store at 4910 Jenny Lind Road in Fort Smith in 1992. In 2001, Yeager opened a hardware store and lumberyard in Greenwood.
“We value each customer, many of whom are now friends after so many years,” Ed Yeager noted in the company’s history. “We strive to give our customers the best possible service, and the best possible price. It is truly a pleasure to have helped so many people for over 50 years. We appreciate your business.”
Rusty Myers, a Van Buren native and former economic development director with the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District, said losing Yeager was “a real shock” because he was so active in the business and the community.
“He built that business on what his dad started, but he really built it up. He was an outstanding businessman, and he and Shirley were always supportive of the community,” Myers said, adding that Ed and Shirley were 2006 recipients of the Iverson Riggs award.
The Iverson Riggs Citizen of the Year Award is given to to those who made exemplary contributions of time, talent or resources to Van Buren.
Ed Yeager Death & Cause
Ed Yeager Hardware stores in Fort Smith and Van Buren has died in a biking accident.
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