Yanda & Son: The ‘gold standard’ in funeral service

Friday morning coffee crowd sings praises of longtime Yukon funeral home

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Yanda & Son Funeral Home Director Homer Cobb visits with Yukon Parks & Recreation’s April Taylor during the June 17th Yukon Community Coffee hosted by Yanda & Son Funeral Home, 1500 W Vandament. Cobb, who has 57 years in the funeral profession, was the Yukon Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 “Ambassador of the Year.” (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Many attendees at the Friday morning Yukon Community Coffee shared praise for the directors and staff at Yanda & Son Funeral Home, who have been serving the needs of Yukon families for 63 years.

Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1500 W Vandament, hosted the June 17th coffee klatch sponsored by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.

Owner/director Donna Yanda welcomed a large Yukon Community Coffee crowd to her funeral home.

“We’re blessed to be part of this community,” Yanda said. “We serve all of our families with integrity and honesty.”

During announcements, several business leaders and community member spoke glowingly about this locally owned, family-operated funeral business.

“Yanda & Son Funeral Home is the ‘gold standard’ in funeral services,” said Yukon Chamber President-Elect Jarrid Wright, of Metro Sign. “We’re fortunate to have them in Yukon.”

Those sentiments were echoed by others during Friday’s weekly coffee.

“I highly recommend Yanda & Son Funeral Home,” said Mark Borseth, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church. “They do a great job.”

Terry Martin, manager at Nina Willingham Senior Housing, spoke from personal experience.

“Yanda & Son Funeral Home is wonderful to work with,” Martin said.

Kay Casper, a member of the Yukon Main Street board and a retired teacher, shared similar thoughts.

“Donna helped my family during a difficult time with grace – and a little humor,” Casper said.

David Goodwin, of RCB Bank, pointed out that Yanda does much more than run a successful funeral home. She also serves her community as a member of the Yukon City Council and Spanish Cove Retirement Village board of trustees.

For Yanda’s many business and civic contributions, the Yukon Chamber of Commerce named her its 2020 “Citizen of the Year.”

Yanda introduced her staff – funeral director Homer Cobb, funeral director assistant Lance Yanda, and funeral director assistant Evan Wall.

Cobb, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was named the Yukon Chamber’s 2021 “Ambassador of the Year.” Cobb, a member of the Yukon Chamber board and Yukon Rotary Club, has been in the funeral profession for 57 years.

Cobb told Friday’s coffee attendees that Yanda & Son Funeral Home not only serves families at a loved one’s time of death, but also helps people pre-plan their service to ease the burden on their children.

Chuck Scroggs of Patriot Garage and Mendy Applegate of Honey Do Checklist discuss current events during Friday morning’s Yukon Community Coffee sponsored by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. Yanda & Son Funeral Home welcomed a large crowd for the weekly gathering. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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SERVING THE NEEDS

The Yanda family since 1959 has been caring for the needs of the bereaved with foresight, wisdom, compassion, and experience.

This funeral home has a professionally trained staff that is always available to help families in need.

“Our goal is to assist in designing the funeral to meet the family’s wishes,” said Yanda, echoing the words of her late husband Anton Yanda III. “That is the first step in working through the grieving process.”

Yanda & Son Funeral Home offers pre-arrangement packages so people can let their loved ones know beforehand how they want their life to be honored.

Hunter Zearley (left), a candidate for Oklahoma State Senate District 18, chats with Pastor Kyle Woodall of Good Fight Church. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Among announcements during the June 17th Yukon Community Coffee:

  • Andi Holland, director of Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program, invited attendees to the annual “Galloping for Hope” barn party fundraising dinner set Friday, Aug. 19 at the Palace Event Center, 2310 N Banner Road in El Reno.
  • Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby, a member of the Yukon 66 Main Street board, said funds have been raised to paint a “beautiful” large cultural mural in downtown Yukon. She said BancFirst “put us over the top” and urged others to donate to the Yukon Main Street beautification fund. (See full story in upcoming edition)
  • Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis reminded the coffee crowd about the annual “Yukon Salutes” banner project that honors military veterans and first responders. Two Yukon veterans who have had banners on street poles – Mike Geers and Tom Thomas – are being remembered after they recently passed away.
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