Dr. Waybern D. Yates, 74 of Kansas City, MO died peacefully in his sleep March 30, 2018, at his home in Stafford, Kansas.

He was born May 29, 1943 in Independence, MO and graduated from Raytown High School in 1961. He continued his education at the University of Missouri Columba, receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1968.

Waybern served as an Army Captain in the 175th Veterinary Corp in the Vietnam war, where he cared for scout and sentry dogs.

In 1970, Dr. Yates began his practice in Raytown, and built Raytown Animal Hospital on 63rd Street in 1972. He was an active member of the Cayman Islands Veterinary Practice and a founding member of the Turks and Caicos Veterinary Practice. He was also a member of both Missouri and Kansas Veterinary Associations, and a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 1994, he was appointed to the Missouri Horse Racing Commission by Governor Carnahan.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Yates, two daughters, Ellen Jones and her husband Dr. Todd Jones of Blue Springs, MO, Elaine Carpenter and her husband Scott Carpenter of Olathe Kansas, three granddaughters, Olivia Lahman, Kelsye McKee and Alexia Jones, three grandsons, Gabriel Jones, Preston Carpenter, and Brendan Carpenter, and four great-grandchildren. 

It would be impossible to determine who cherished the time that Waybern spent in Stafford County more, Waybern or Stafford County. Countless acquaintances spanning several counties and different walks of life were lucky to call him “friend.” A few, were lucky enough to call him more than a friend. 

His love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors was only outdone by his knowledge of them all. His memories of hunting mushrooms, calling turkeys, sorting cattle and consistently “getting the next job done” were constantly surpassed by the next hunt, the next tasks at hand, or the next adventure. 

Stories and descriptions of WD Yates are too numerous to mention, but “He was a Great Man” is without a doubt a common theme amongst his family and friends.  It is the wish of the loved ones closest to him, that everyone will someday know a man such as WD.  Some such campfires never burn out. 

In loving memory of Waybern Yates – A Great Man. 

A “Celebration of Waybern’s Life” will be held at the Stafford VFW Hall on Saturday, April 14th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This will be open to the public for anyone that knew Waybern and would like to stop by to pay respects to his memory and share stories with his many friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to following organizations are suggested. 

Midwest Animal ResQ

10312 East 63rd St

Raytown, MO 64133


Pets for Life  

7240 Wornall Rd.

Kansas City, Missouri 64114