Charles Yocks

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Charles E. Yocks, 85, of Belleville, IL, born January 1, 1932, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Yocks was a United States Army Korean War Veteran and on the Army shooting team in Okinawa, and the Civil Defense shooting team. He was a retired pressman for the Belleville News Democrat and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles R. and Pearl, nee Staub, Yocks.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Donna Marie Westbrook-Yocks, whom he married on August 5, 1984;
his children, Sharon (George) Smith of Freeburg, IL, Allen Yocks of Belleville, IL and his children, Kayley and Kyle Yocks, Bob (Cindy) Yocks, of Mascoutah, IL, and their children, Nicole (Aaron) Keeney, Courtney (Josh) Jung, and Austin Yocks, Scott (Kim) Westbrook of Swansea, IL, and their children, Matthew (Alicia) Westbrook and Kendra Westbrook, Mark (Carmen) Westbrook of Snoqualmie, WA and their children, Willow and Summer Westbrook, Lance (Julie) Westbrook of St. Peters, MO, and their children, Chance, Sophia and Isabella Westbrook;
and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL with Father Christoper Anyanwu, Msgr. James Blazine, and Msgr. William McGhee concelebrating.



4 Comments on Charles Yocks

Debbie Meyer said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2017 at 8:11 PM

Sharon, Allen, Bob and entire family I was so sad to see Charlies passing. I remember all great times as a kid at your house. When he would come home from squirrel hunting and watching him clean those squirrels. Remember the happy times.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dan Wagner said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2017 at 4:12 PM

So sorry to hear of Charles' passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mark Forcade said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Mrs. Yocks, and to the family and families. We were very sorry to hear of Charles passing. Please except our sympathy. Sincerely, Mark and Kim Forcade

  • Smithton
  • IL
Joe Ledlow said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Sorry to hear about your father. Hope you are doing well. Joe, Barb, and Ryan Ledlow

  • Waterloo
  • Ill

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