Memorial service scheduled for Newcastle Shell owner Dennis Yarnell

February 4, 2013

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UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013

Dennis Yarnell

Dennis Yarnell

A memorial service for beloved community member Dennis Yarnell will take place at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley.

Yarnell, the owner of the Newcastle Shell station, died after his car crashed into a utility pole on Feb. 2, authorities said.

The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, of which Yarnell, 33, was a member, reported that the Newcastle Shell has set up a table inside its shop to receive flowers and cards. The table, located just next to the station’s cash register, is already filled with flowers and piles of letters from a mourning community.

The Newcastle Shell  is collecting donations in Dennis’ honor at its station, 6420 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E. The station will accept cash or checks payable to Newcastle Shell.

In May 2012, Yarnell’s giving nature was on full display in a Newcastle News article about the Newcastle Shell Charity Golf Event to benefit the Fisher House Foundation Veterans of America charity organization.

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38 Responses to “Memorial service scheduled for Newcastle Shell owner Dennis Yarnell”

  1. James queen on February 4th, 2013 7:44 pm

    He will surely be missed ! I could always count on him for some auto advise , and was a genuine guy , it was one of those shops who believed in doing the job the right way , and you didn’t have to worry about him scamming you like most shops . My prayers go out to his family.

  2. David Jackson on February 4th, 2013 9:30 pm

    This is truly one of the best, most genuine men that ever walked the earth. You will be missed greatly!

  3. John Jensen on February 4th, 2013 10:27 pm

    Dennis was first class, honest, knew his stuff and gave the best customer service. When I was President of the Chamber in 2005 he was one of the first speakers at our lunch, soon after he had taken onwership of the station after working there for years. He talked about treating people fair so they would return being the core of his business plan. It is always sad when someone passes, but a man like Dennis will be missed in so many ways. Simple, honest.

  4. JoAnn and Cass Hegemann on February 5th, 2013 6:30 am

    God Bless this beautiful family! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the wonderful friends and family of Denny.

  5. Laura Frolich on February 5th, 2013 8:15 am

    Rest in peace Dennis! You always had a smile on your face and was willing to help.You will be missed.

  6. Bonnie Johnson on February 5th, 2013 8:41 am

    Dennis was a warm and wonderful guy. His presence in Newcastle really showed what it means to be a true member of a community. No one can replace him and our hearts and prayers go to the family and his workers. I really wish more people would have his spirit and heart. He will be missed always

  7. Ron on February 5th, 2013 12:06 pm

    What a wonderful human being and first class mechanic. I trusted him completely with my vehicle. He really cared about the community and those of us who did business with the station. My condolences to his family, friends and those who worked with him.

  8. Dottie Cordes on February 5th, 2013 12:21 pm

    Dennis was an honorable and decent, caring man, not seen very often nowdays. He always took the time to talk to us and explain what needed looking at and why on our vehicles. We always got it repaired, with one trip there, and at a fair price. He genuinely cared about the community and was among the first to step up when something needed attention. Our hearts and prayers go to to his family, friends and those who worked with him. Dennis you left us too soon and will be greatly missed.

  9. Dave M on February 5th, 2013 2:35 pm

    Wow. My condolences to his family.
    He kept my truck on the road, gave sound DIY advice, & did surprise extras other shops would charge for.
    RIP man.

  10. John W Tobin (Pops) on February 5th, 2013 3:32 pm

    Dennis was a VERY good Man. Always helpful whenever we brought our cars in for ANY reason. Over the years, we really came to like Dennis. Friendly, big smile. We WILL miss you, Dennis. Best Wishes to and our Prayers for the Yarnell Family.
    Love from
    John W. and Mary (Terry) Tobin

  11. Patty and Frank Wright on February 5th, 2013 4:01 pm

    Dennis was a great person. Will miss your great humor, great smile and williness to help everyone. Rest in piece. Best wishes to your wife and son.

    Frank and Patty Wright

  12. Butch and Mary Wyne on February 5th, 2013 10:16 pm

    Our hearts go out to Dennis’ family and his co-workers at the Newcastle Shell. He was such a wonderful young man-so caring, generous and kind. He had such a big heart and was so clever and helpful. We looked forward to seeing him everytime we dropped by the station. He will be sorely missed.

  13. Jerry Mullin on February 6th, 2013 7:30 am

    Dennis, you and your staff always took the extra mile to take care of my hot rods. I always looked forward to taking my cars to your station for service, not just because I knew you would do such a good job, but because you were passionate about your work and customers. I will truly miss you.

    Your Friend and Customer

  14. George and Sylvia Miller on February 6th, 2013 9:19 am

    Our prayers go out to his family and co workers. Dennis was a generous caring person who went out of his way to help others. He always had a smile and a kind word. He took care of all our cars and took the time to explain all repairs. It’s hard to find a true gentleman these days and you will be truly missed. God Bless You!

    George and Sylvia Miller

  15. Shannon McQuery on February 6th, 2013 11:36 am

    Dennis was one of the good guys! We have taken our cars to the shell station for the past 30 years but the last 6 have been the best. His integrity and the way he always made you feel like you were his most important customer (Geno and I were) is what kept the community coming back. We are deeply saddend by the loss of this kind happy person.Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. Dennis we will miss you so much.


  16. Shannon and Ryan Anderson on February 6th, 2013 12:41 pm

    Dennis was amazing and talented at what he did. We trusted him 100% to take care of all of our mechanic needs. He was always smiling and was such a wonderful part of our Newcastle community. Our hearts go out to his family

  17. Kelli Hurley on February 6th, 2013 12:50 pm

    Dennis was a great businessman, friend, father and husband. He will be truly missed by everyone.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his beautiful wife Beth and his wonderful son.

    Gone, but certainly not forgotten.

    All love,

  18. Mike on February 6th, 2013 2:57 pm

    I barely knew Dennis, but from what I did know of him he was a great guy and a great mechanic. I always trusted him with our family’s vehicles and appreciated his honesty and attitude when doing business at the Shell station. He will certainly be missed. My heart goes out to his wife and son…I can’t even imagine their grief. Best wishes to his family during this incredibly difficult time. RIP Dennis.

  19. Joe Waldmann on February 6th, 2013 3:55 pm

    What a loss to our community, He was an inspiration to any one who knew him. Completely dedicated to his business, successful and motivated to do the right thing. I wish there could have been a different outcome but I know he is in Heaven fixing what he can.

    My heart goes out to my neighbor. God Bless you and take courage and strength in knowing that he did more in his short time here then most people can do in a whole lifetime.

  20. Jeannie Shively on February 6th, 2013 9:26 pm

    Dennis thank you for giving the kids in our little community a most excellent first job experience. You gave them confidence, trust, respect, and a kind word was never in short supply. My son aspired to be the best he could be for you and Beth and you will be sorely missed by us all. Know that you made an amazing impact on a young man that will last a lifetime.

    Our hearts go out to Beth and Trevor.
    The Shively Family

  21. Mack Strong on February 6th, 2013 9:39 pm

    Wow, what a shock! Although I didn’t know Dennis that well, he really stuck out to me the times I dropped by to get gas. He always had a smile & he was always extremely professional & helpful. I respected him most for being a family man. Also, he was a very heroic man in the community. He will be dearly missed!

  22. State Rep. Marcie Maxwell on February 7th, 2013 5:48 am

    So very sorry to hear about Dennis’ untimely passing. As a customer and in our local community, I’ve appreciated watching this very capable young man grow his business and contribute extra efforts as a thoughtful and effective business citizen. My loving thoughts are with his family and friends.

  23. jim gonzalez on February 7th, 2013 5:23 pm

    Dennis was the kind of man that all of us aspire to be. Thoughtful, gentle and always with a smile on his face. He spent a lot of time showing my boys how to fix their cars when they didn’t have the money to pay for it, and he did it happily. This was the kind of person he was. My thought are for the wonderful family he was a partner in and what a great job he did to foster it. My heart is broken and I will always miss him.

  24. Glynis Williams on February 8th, 2013 10:22 am

    It’s so hard to believe that Dennis is gone. I was trying to remember how long we have been going to see him at Newcastle Shell/Texaco. Dennis saw us through the good old mini van phase, the young high school driver vehicles, and most recently to the nice vehicle stage. I could always count on Dennis to give me honest advice and we had more than one laugh about the state of a few of my vehicles. I remember how hard and long he worked to be able to purchase the station. I was so happy to see it be so successful and that he was giving back to the community. My condolances to his family and his co workers. We all will miss him.

  25. Dave Burnett, ASA-Washington on February 8th, 2013 2:48 pm

    I signed up Dennis and his shop as an ASA member almost two years ago. Dennis was a regular attendee at our Seattle/East King chapter meeting. We all enjoyed his company, his input and ideas at meetings.. We had plans for him to move up in ASA..

    We are all shocked and saddened.. to lose such a great member in his prime.
    Rest in peace Dennis.

  26. Dean Johnson on February 8th, 2013 10:46 pm

    Dennis was such a great mentor to my son Riley for his first real job. I wish I would have told him more about how much I appreciated him for that. We will both miss him very much.

  27. Alex Ellis on February 9th, 2013 8:43 am

    Dennis was the best boss i could ever ask for. He went so far beyond being a boss and tought me how to be a man. He tought me everything i know about fixing cars, and everything i know about responsibility. About 3 years ago he gave me a chance here at Newcastle Shell, i ran with that chance and have never looked back. I owe that man more than i could ever repay. Rest in Peace Dennis, im going to miss you buddy.

  28. Darrin Turpin on February 9th, 2013 9:51 am

    I grew up with Dennis bowling Saturday morning junior leagues at Hillcrest Bowl with him in Renton and bowled plenty of tournaments with him when we were teenagers. I didn’t know Beth all too well, but met Beth right before her and Dennis first started dating and she was always very courteous when I spoke with her.

    My jaw just dropped when I heard the news of his passing last night. He was indeed a great guy and reading these stories about him and how he grew his legacy with the Newcastle community is very admirable yet doesn’t surprise me. Before our lives went seperate paths, I had the priviIege of seeing him develop in to the man you’re all describing right now. I unfortunately lost touch with him over the last 10+ years, but nothing changed about him and the way he carried himself from the time we were teenagers up until this unfortunate and tragic day.

    My prayers and condolences to the Yarnell family. RIP Dennis.

  29. bryan gilleney on February 10th, 2013 7:48 pm

    DENNIS is a natural!. He is a born honest and giving and beautiful young man. MOST of us have to fight all ourr lives to even know this can exist. Michelle and I agree the world is not thhe same anymore because a man has gone on All My love to Beth and little but brave son!!!! RACE ON!

  30. Evelyn Parker (Renton) on February 11th, 2013 12:01 pm

    Well they say that it is not how many people show up for your wedding, but for your funeral as a measure of how much you are loved and will be missed.. if this is true, then Denny you must have been smiling that big Denny smile yesterday! What a tribute to you and how much you are loved, respected and so painfully missed by so many! So much to thank you for my friend! Thanks first and foremost for giving us the pleasure to call you “friend”, thanks for filling a painful void we had in our lives with your endless friendship, thanks for giving our son Ryan a job and for being such a mentor to him, thanks for the kick butt “breakfast sandwiches” on our camping trips, thanks for making my car “Pass” emissions last Monday, thanks for all the laughs, and making me laugh so hard that it hurt the next day!

    You truly are a one of a kind man! I hope that before you left this space, you realized how important you were to so many in your family, extended family and community, we are all a little bit better for having you touch our lives Denny! I know if my heart hurts this bad that the grief for Beth and Trevor, and your family is huge.. BUT, we will all be strong for Beth and Trevor, and I know you are so proud at how they are trying to deal with this huge loss!

    Denny, I love you and will miss you forever! Smile on my dear, dear friend and know that we will all continue our camping traditions, garage parties, Seahawk games et all!! Oh, and thanks for leaving your station in the capable hands of such a great crew, Joe, Benni, Alex and the rest of the crew are amazing and it is nice to know that I can still have our cars taken care of by such great people!

  31. Jim Washburn on February 11th, 2013 6:17 pm

    I am so saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dennis. He truly had the spark of life. He will live on in all of our memories. Condolences to the family.

  32. Roxanne Gierek on February 16th, 2013 3:17 pm

    My family and I are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Dennis’s death. We have known Dennis and his wife, Beth for years. My husband Gene has called Dennis many times for his automobile emergencies and Dennis was always there at his aid. I personally would like to share the time that a young couple had run out of gas and was stranded on Coal Creek Pkwy. They had a baby and not a cent on them. I asked if I could help and they said they were out of gas. Not having a gas can, I drove to Newcastle Shell to see if Dennis would help. He didn’t have a gas can so he bought one to keep at the gas station and lent it to me. We filled it up and I took the kids some gas. That was the kind of person he was. Alway there to help. He will be greatly missed in this community. Our family sends their prayers to Beth and her family.

  33. Connie White (Trevor's Preschool Teacher) on February 17th, 2013 2:52 pm

    I just heard about the passing of Dennis. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    You may not remember me. But Trevor will always be remembered at Highlands Preschool. The young man with the fishing vest, who was so full of laughter and imagination. Trevor filled our lives with so much happiness and his smiles truly touched our hearts. Your father was a great man and will be missed.

  34. Samantha Leischow on February 22nd, 2013 3:15 pm

    I am very shocked and saddened by the loss of Dennis. My father religiously took his vehicles to the Shell station because he trusted Dennis and his opinions and advice.

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  35. Molly Sandvick on February 25th, 2013 10:35 pm

    Oh, how I will miss Dennis! He was a first class gentleman, treating every customer like a friend. I was always so impressed by the pride he took in his shop; keeping it neat and super-clean at all times. Rest in peace, sweet guy.

  36. Rafael on February 26th, 2013 7:47 am

    Dennis was a very great man. Our prayers and condolences go out to his wife Beth and son Trevor. Rest in peace Dennis. You will be missed.

  37. Bill & Sharon Olson on February 26th, 2013 3:11 pm

    We are beyond saddened by this news. We are out of state and just found out this news today! Dennis was not only one of the best mechanics I have ever known or dealt with, but more importantly, he was a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed immensely!

  38. Christopher Okeefe on March 27th, 2013 6:13 pm

    I have been living in Newcastle since 2004 and Dennis has been repairing my cars since 2004. He has always been so very kind to work on my car on short notice when I needed him to do so. Dennis will be missed by me for he has a great business in repairing cars and providing gas to my car. I only find out today for I was calling Dennis to talk to him about my Truck. Dennis you are a great man in the Newcastle Community and you will be missed by me and many others in the community. Thank you Dennis for 9 years of help and your friendship also.

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