Velma Arlene Yungeberg
1928-2021
Princeton, MO: Velma Arlene (Eastman) Yungeberg, 93, Princeton, MO passed away Thursday,
December 30, 2021 at Shirkey Care Center in Richmond, MO.
She was born in the family home near Armstrong, IA, January 2, 1928 to Lloyd and Gladys
(Manley) Eastman.
She attended Sunnyside Country School and High School in Armstrong, IA, graduating in
1946. She and her siblings, Ivy, Muriel, and Bob all walked to school, or on special occasions her
dad would take them by horse and wagon.
After High School, she worked at Armstrong Grain Elevator, staying with her grandparents,
Ella and James Manley. She then met the “Love of her Life” Ray Yungeberg and they married on
February 22, 1948. They lived on their family farm and three children were born, Mark
Yungeberg, Janet Yungeberg Sneed, and Julie Yungeberg Collier. In 1961 they moved to
Princeton, MO and set up housekeeping on their farm, east of there.
Velma enjoyed sharing in the farm work with Ray. She drove tractors, chased pigs and cows,
and raised chickens. She especially liked to raise a big beautiful garden and cook delicious meals
for her family – Three a day! The next year she worked for one of the first “Head Start”
programs at Ravanna and Princeton. She loved those children having Julie as one of her
students. Two years later, she stepped up to care for older children, Kindergarten. She loved
those children so much that she stayed 25 years.
Velma was active in her Methodist Church, being head of her circle and working to serve
many funeral dinners. She was also a member of Needlecraft Extension Club and Jolly Ranchers.
She played “Pitch” weekly with her neighborhood friends. Later she and Ray volunteered at the
Princeton Senior Center, where they played cards and ate delicious food. Velma also led the
Exercise Class. She also enjoyed playing Somba with her girlfriends.
Velma moved to Richmond, MO to be closer to her daughter, 3 years ago. She continued to
play Bingo and visiting with new friends. She never missed Church. She was always a joy to
everyone she met, with a smile and a word of Love.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, her parents, and her sister, Muriel Krough
Velma is survived by her son, Mark (Cindy) Yungeberg, Princeton, MO; daughters, Janet
(Dave) Sneed, Richmond, MO and Julie Collier, Princeton, MO; 6 beautiful grandchildren,
Heather Collier, Jennifer Blacksmith, Ashley Frankel, Drew and Matt Burkeybile and Dusty
Yungeberg; eight great grandchildren; brother, Bob Eastman and a sister, Iva Lee (Don)
Mortensen.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2022 at Roberson Funeral
Home, Princeton, MO. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, MO. There is no
scheduled family visitation. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of
Princeton in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 316, Princeton, MO 64673. Online
condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com


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