George Dorsey Yates, a retired Bendix designer active in Baltimore County recreation leagues, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 20 at ActivCare at Bressi Ranch in Carlsbad, Calif. The former Towson resident was 91.
Born in Cambridge, he was the son of Philip Sherwood Yates and Mary Ethel Todd Yates. He attended public schools in Cambridge and attended an aeronautical engineering trade school in Glendale, Calif., before joining the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River. Family members said a childhood eye injury prevented him from serving in World War II and he chose to work in the defense industry.
While working at the Martin Co., he met his future wife, Mildred Anne Wielitz, an administration office worker.
He later worked in communication systems at the Bendix Corp. in Towson, where he won an Employee of the Year Award. He retired as senior design draftsman.
Family members said he was an accomplished woodworker and designed and built items such as their doll house furniture and a two-car garage at his Campus Hills home.
"He taught us how to work, and he showed us how to do it. He could build a birdhouse or a basement," said a daughter, Janice Driskill of Vista, Calif.
"He also loved sports and taught all his children how to throw and catch a ball as soon as they could walk, and continued on by coaching and working part-time for the Baltimore County Recreation Council," said another daughter, Carol Buffington of Scottsdale, Ariz.
A third daughter, Lynn Yates, who lives in the Knettishall section of Towson, said Mr. Yates had a strong work ethic and was a devoted father.
"He had an adventurous spirit," Ms. Yates said. "He loved taking the family on Sunday rides in the car, and we went boating and camping in the summer."
Before retiring to Salisbury, he belonged to St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkville. He also was a Cub Scout leader and then Boy Scout master of Scout Troop 730 in Parkville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bounds Funeral Home, 705 E. Main St. in Salisbury.
In addition to his three daughters, survivors include three grandsons. His wife of 54 years died in 2000. A son, Robert Sherwood Yates, died in 2011.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun