Darleen Yantes

A funeral service was held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at the United Lutheran Church of Brocket for Darleen M. Yantes, 68, of Brocket formerly of Bisbee and Starkweather.

Darleen Yantes

Posted on 11/14/13

She died at her home on November 7, 2013 in the loving care of her family and Altru Hospice

Darleen was the third born child to Elmer and Sylvia (Christopherson) Church and was born at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake on November 30, 1944. Siblings to include: oldest brother Larry Church (stillborn), older sister Shirley (Larry) Omvig of Minot and younger siblings Gary (Myrna)Church of West Fargo, Charlotte (Elliott) Wimer of Mofit, and Vernon Church (Julie Schwab) of Devils Lake. She was raised in Bisbee, attending grade/high school there and attended Sunday school and church at Bisbee Lutheran church. After graduating, she attended Dakota Business College in Fargo. She married the love of her life, Kenneth Yantes in the Bisbee Lutheran Church Sept 19, 1964. They moved to Langdon and she worked as a bank teller at the 1st Bank of Langdon. They then moved to Devils Lake, where she worked at Ramsey National Bank until the birth of her oldest daughter, Jill. In 1968, they moved to a farm near Starkweather. She then spent the next 30+ years of her life raising their two daughters and helping her husband farm the land, active with the Trinity Bergen Lutheran Church and all Starkweather School functions. In 1999, they moved to Cooperstown, and then moved to Brocket in 2004 for the remaining years of her life. She spent her time helping husband Kenneth with ND Township Business, enjoying gardening, raising her flowers, and working at the Nodak Mutual Insurance agency for six years until retiring just a few years ago.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth; her daughter Jill Yantes (Dean Hovern) and her five children Amanda, Michael, Michelle, Riley, and Roxy and six great grandchildren. Also, she is survived by her daughter Denise (Tom) Gratton and their five children Makayla, Zander, Kenny, Tommy, and Alesha. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws also survive.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Sylvia Church, and brother Larry Church and sister Shirley Omvig.

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Darleen at

Gilbertson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.