Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Joseph 'Earle' Yager, 93, Meridian, Idaho

Joseph “Earle” Yager, devout Christian and devoted husband and father, died peacefully at home in Meridian, Idaho, on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. He was 93 years old.

Earle and his twin Merle were the youngest of six children born to Leda and Lee Yager on the family farm in Excelsior, on April 3, 1928. At the physician’s suggestion, he received payment of one dressed chicken from the Yager farm monthly for a year for delivering the unexpected two babies instead of one.

On the family farm, Earle learned critical life lessons that would define his character. These i...