Roland A. 'Skip' Yeaton Jr.

Jan 02, 2018

Roland A. “Skip” Yeaton, Jr., 67, of Duluth, Minn., and Belfast, passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Solvay Hospice House surrounded by love.

Roland was born Oct. 9, 1950, in Skowhegan to Roland Sr. and Ruth (Carr) Yeaton. Prior to graduating from Belfast High School, he pursued a career as a prize fighter (professional boxer) and is still known to this day for his prowess in the ring with a record of 35-23-3 and 19 knockouts. One bout was with Vito Antuofermo of New York City, who later became Middle Weight Champion of the World. Skip’s manager, Bob Murphy, was a lifelong, special friend.

On July 17, 1969, Skip married Gail West. The family moved to Duluth in 1987 when he was transferred from Madison Paper in Maine to the Sappi Paper Mill, where he worked for several years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Roland Sr. and Ruth, a brother Richard, and nephew Michael Fuller. He is survived by his loving wife Gail; son Michael and Sherrill Yeaton; daughter Traci and Darrel Reynolds; grandchildren Anastasia, Joshua, Jacob, Steel and Sampson and great-granddaughter Ava; siblings David Yeaton from Rhode Island, Margaret Tower, Fran Riley, Roberta Fuller, Debra Pendleton and Robert Yeaton, all from Maine. His brothers and sisters always looked up to him with pride and respect.

He will be remembered for his love of not only boxing but all sports (he loved attending and helping out at his grandkids' sporting events), his kindness and patience towards children, undeniable work ethic, and being an avid Vikings fan (you would often find him dressed in purple year-round), but most of all for his devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Jan. 4 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn.

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