William Fredricke Yarger
The family of William Fredricke Yarger, 75, sadly announces his unexpected death last week. The son of Janet (nee Seelig) and William Yarger, “Skip” to his family, “Bill” to his friends, was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 21, 1945, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He was a 1963 graduate of Oakwood High School and earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from The Ohio State University in 1968. After serving honorably as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam War, he located to St. Louis, Missouri, and earned a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1973. He remained in St. Louis and built a successful career as an architect establishing Yarger Design Group.
Mr. Yarger became recognized nationally for his award-winning designs of recreational facilities and aquatic theme parks, which allowed him to leverage his natural creativity to design whimsical gathering places that brought joy to others. He was the recipient of numerous architectural awards and a proud member and former president of the American Institute of Architects for both its Missouri and St. Louis chapters. Mr. Yarger is survived by his brothers, Dr. Richard J. Yarger (Barbara) of Yakima, WA, Mr. Rodney R. Yarger (Stacey) of Dayton, OH, nieces and nephews, Amy Yarger of Yakima, WA, David Yarger of Oregon, Fred (Katie) Yarger of Denver, CO, Stephanie Yarger (Brandon Lipford) of Arcata, CA, Hallie Nagayoshi (Liusuke) of Lakewood, IL, Heidi Yarger of Eureka, CA, as well as many great-nieces and nephews. His family and all who knew him will miss his warmth, kindness, thoughtfulness, creativity, humor, and unique energy.
The family will hold a private memorial service in the future at Forest Park in St. Louis under the Nathan Frank Bandstand, which Mr. Yarger redesigned to restore to its former glory in 1993. For those who would like to meaningfully remember Bill, perhaps the next time you see and appreciate a beautifully-designed architectural structure, think about and look in awe at the inspirational talent and creativity behind its creation. That will certainly bring joy to the spirit of Bill’s heart.