Michael A. Yacapraro, DVM

Birth Date: 
Monday, May 15, 1939
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

WOOSTER – Dr. Michael A. Yacapraro, DVM, 78, of Wooster passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland after a courageous battle with cancer.  Dr. Yacapraro would have reached his 79th birthday on May 15.

He was born May 15, 1939 in Wooster, the son of Anthony Francis and Elizabeth Ann Miletto Yacapraro.  He married Mary Jane Wallace on December 21, 1964.  She survives.

Michael graduated from Wooster High School in 1957 and from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966.  He served in the Army Reserves for 4 years following graduation from high school.  Dr. Yacapraro and his wife, Jane, opened the Wooster Animal Clinic in 1968.  He cared for large and small animals.  Close friends and staff often referred to him as “Doc”. 

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, one of the founders of the Wayne Co. Humane Society, was Wooster Citizen of the year in 1997, was an NRA member, a member of the Republician party and a supporter of Triway Schools.  He also was a participant of the veterinarian team at the Iditarod in Alaska for three years.

Michael loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.  He had a vast amount of knowledge that he shared with others.  He was an avid Ohio State fan and loved watching OSU football and wrestling.  He enjoyed being in the outdoors, particularly fishing at the cabin in Canada which he owned with family and friends.  He built his own cabin in Wooster with help from his sons and friends which his wife still resides in today.

He had a love for animals all of his life that continued into retirement.  This was evident in the deep love he had for his mini schnauzer, Annie, and had a deep compassion not only for animals but helping others.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 54 years are his children, Jennifer (Scott) Raulston, Tony (Tracy) Yacapraro, Stephanie Rice and Mark (Heidi) Yacapraro; 14 grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins; siblings, Carl Yacapraro, Elsie Wilson, Linda DiScipio, Susan Lang and Mary Ann Thorne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, mother and father-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4-7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Monday, May 7, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with the Rev. Stephen Moran as celebrant.  Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Wayne Co. Dog Shelter, 5694 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Memorial Contributions: 

Wayne Co. Dog Shelter, 5694 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Visitation: 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Service: 

Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, May 7, 2018 at Noon at St. Mary Catholic Church

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My deepest sympathy to the Yacapraro family . Mike was the vet to my two cocker spaniels for many years. We shared a lot of laughs and a lot of talks And yes even some tears when those two cocker spaniels passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

My deepest sympathy to the Yacaoraro family. Mike was my vet to my various cats and dogs up to his retirement. Then I went to Mark ever since then.
Fswyh
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

To Dr. Mike's Family and Friends, Our deepest sympathies go out to you. May God, and the many good memories, sustain you; now and also in the future.. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your families. Sincere condolences from Art Beerys, Smithville, Ohio

To Jane and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike was a wonderful man and a terrific vet. Sincerely, The Helen
Buss family

A wonderful friend. May God bless him and his family.

It is with deep sadness that I express my sincere sympathy to this wonderful family. I have known Dr Michael since the 8th grade and spent many days & weekends with his dear family as a teenager. I watched him as he studied & practiced veterinarian medicine. Took my pets there and found him to be a profound vet and humanitarian. I so admired his steadfast dedication to the treatment of animals. May you find peace and comfort in the sorrowful day’s ahead. My prayers and sympathy to each of his entire family members. God Bless you and Peace Be With You.

Our hearts are so sad for Jane, our dear Stephanie and grandson Mark, and all of the family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love....

Our deepest sympathy to the Yacapraro family. We have many memories of Dr. Mike as our vet to the many animals we've had throughout the years, ones that we will cherish forever! He was simply the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Jane, Jennifer, Tony, Stephanie and Mark. Uncle Mike is and always was a legend to me. His love for family was unparalleled. It is comforting for me to know that his goodness will be carried on through his children, grandchildren and all who knew him. With all our love, Jeff, Cindy, Kristen and Daniel.

My sympathies to Jane and all the family. I fondly remember the years I worked for doc at the clinic and have often thought about him and all I learned from him over the years. He made a big impact on many people and will be greatly missed.

My sympathies to the family. Dr Mike was a great friend and he will be missed. It was was true blessing to know him professionally and personally. God bless you Dr. Mike you had a life well lived and god bless your family.

Michael was the best neighbor one could wish for whether for counsel when we moved back into the community or visiting about current events. Jane, there's a traditional prayer that God may temper the winds for the shorn lamb, that is our wish for you and the family these days, we hope especially appropriate to our good DVM neighbor. Levi and Gloria

I pray for peace and comfort for the Yacapraro family in the difficult days ahead. Dr. Yacapraro was an exceptional person and his passing will be a profound loss to family and friends. I can remember as a little girl, Dr. Yacapraro coming to our home 50 years ago to care for our dog. Many years have passed and many of my pets have gone through the doors at Wooster Animal Clinic to be cared for by Dr. Mike and later his son, Mark and the other vets there. What a wonderful legacy Dr. Mike leaves.

Dear Mrs. Yacapraro, Jennifer, Tony, Mark and family,

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of your loving husband, father, and grandfather, Michael. We know words cannot replace your heartache and loss, but please let the beautiful and wonderful memories of your lives together begin to heal each of your hearts and replace the heartache you now feel. It is said that it's not what you take when you leave this world, but what you leave behind. Indeed, Mr. Yacapraro left a legacy for his family, children, and grandchildren to follow.

may God comfort each of you with his peace during this time of sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Love.

Dear classmate, Susie, my deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. I do not remember your brother, Mike, but he was a child of a wonderful family and clearly went on to live a caring and loving life. My prayers and sympathy to you all and Wooster and surrounding area is a better place because of your brother's professional, civic and personal contributions based upon condolences written by others. God bless Mike and Tina Marie. Love to all.

One great vet and one great man. I used to work for him and I will never forget the day he did a C-Section on a cat and he had to give mouth to mouth on some of them. Heart of gold he had. Thinking of the family and the clinic family and may you all find comfort and peace. I'm sure he is in God's hands.

DearJane, Dr Mark, Family as well as the Wooster Animal Clinic Family, our deepest sympathies to all of you. Doc was a great man, in the years that I worked for him and even after when bringing my pets to him I learned so much. Doc had a huge heart and was an amazing Veterinarian. Cherish your memories and comfort one another. May God be with all of you in this hard time.

He was our first vet many years ago when we lived in Wooster. He was wonderful and passed on much needed knowledge about cats to us. He left the world a better place. Prayers for his family and friends during this difficult time.

Our deepest sympathy to Jane, children, family and staff. Our hearts ache for you. Mike was a wonderful man and vet. May God comfort you. Prayers.

Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the Yacapraro family. Dr. Yacapraro took care of our beloved dog Ebony growing up, and he was such a wonderful person. Wishing you peace during this sad time. The Morris Family

My deepest condolences and prayers to the family.

I am so sorry for your loss. Heard about it in church today at the 5:30 pm mass. Was really shocked. I don't get the paper. He was our vet for our animals. Don't have any anymore. I've gotten real allergic to animals unfortunately. Really enjoyed you and Mike on our trip to Italy. It was one of my life's milestones. So many memories. Hope in time they will bring you peace. Many hugs and prayers.
Bonnie

To Wooster Animal Clinic Family, sorry for your loss. RIP Dr Mike. You Will be greatly missed.

Our deepest condolence to the Yacapraro family. Mike was such a fine guy in every respect. He loved his job, was so considerate with pet owners, beamed with a smile and greeting that made everyone feel comfortable, and was an all around great person. We met him just after we were married in 1969, and he, Jane and the veterinary team always were considerate and comprehensive in their genuine attention to our pets, and to us. Mike, we will miss you! Dave and Margo Broehl

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU THRU OUT THIS YEAR. I LOST MY DAD ONE YEAR TO THE SAME DATE AS DOCS PASSING.JANEY YOU AND MIKE WERE FAMILY TO ME IN TIMES THAT I NEEDED CLOSE AND DEAR FREINDS AND I WILL NEVER FORGET EITHER OF YOU FOR THAT. I WATCHED YOUR FAMILY GROW AS I WOULD WORK WITH DOC AND YOU ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS AND ALWAYS FELT A PART OF YOUR FAMILY WAS MINE BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL AT HOME. THE LOVE YOU AND DOC ALWAYS SHOWED ME I WOULD LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP PLEASE JUST LET ME KNOW.

Deepest condolence to you all. I didn't know Mike well but I certainly remember him and his compassion. Mary Anne and Linda, I know it's been a very long time since we've crossed paths but I'll be thinking of you in the days to come.

Jane & Family:

Sincerest condolences on the passing of Dr. Mike. You all took such good care of our "Shadow" when he found our family in 1997 & and you took care of him when his time came in January 2009. we will always remember the beautiful floral arrangement sent when my wife Pat went to her eternal reward in August 2005. Will keep you in my prayers! God bless you all!

Sincerely,

Tom Lavelle
Tamassee, SC

Si

What a wonderful, kind man. I loved working for him and with him. I think of him and his family often. So sad to find out he has passed, and his wife too. Heaven has some new angels.

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