John R. Yetman, 78

BELCHERTOWN, MASS. — John R. Yetman, 78, formerly of Everett, Mass., and most recently of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Bridgton, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 in Springfield, Mass.
Born on Aug. 28, 1936, in Lawrence, Mass., he was the son of Emma Elsie (King) and Mark Yetman. He was a graduate of Northeastern University with a BA in Industrial Engineering, and of TUCK School of Business with an executive MBA. He served for four years as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, serving on the Atomic Bomb Commission. He was a lifelong member of the Simon W. Robinson Masonic Lodge in Lexington, Mass. Jack lived for many years raising his family in Westford, Mass., where he was an active member of the Fletcher Club, the Jaycees and the Board of Appeals. He worked for many years at the former General Radio in Bolton, Mass., retiring from MSA in Pittsburgh Penn., as Director of Operations.
He was an avid woodworker, leaving behind treasured works of art that he created for many members of his family. He was happiest in the home he built and shared with his beloved wife Carolyn in Bridgton, serving for many years on the homeowner's association. For the last 16 years, they have spent winters in Punta Gorda, Fla., enjoying golf and working out with his friends at the health club. He will be missed for his amazing sense of humor, zest for life's adventures and the great capacity with which he loved his family.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter Nancy; a brother Frank Yetman; and brother-in-law Peter Metcalf.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn; daughter Beth Fisher, her husband Eric, and their children Eric and Grace; daughter Susan Lattanzi, her husband Bob, and their children Kristyn and Matthew; along with his sister Phyllis Metcalf; brother Robert Yetman and his wife Patricia; sister-in-law Corinne Yetman; and many treasured nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
Services will be held privately at a later date. Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home of Belchertown, Mass., has been entrusted with his arrangements. For those wishing, donations may be made in his memory to a local Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, or to the Wounded Warrior Project. For online guestbook and information, please visit

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