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Charles Yoder

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SHAFTSBURY -- Charles Yoder, of Timbertrail Road, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, June 13, 2006, while working outside his home. He lived to age 77, enjoying the love and dedication to his family, nature, the arts and public service, which characterized his whole life.

He was born in Brecksville, Ohio, and graduated from Brecksville High School and Ohio Wesleyan College, earning a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. He worked in a public relations firm until leaving to form Charles Yoder & Company, specializing in corporate communications. Charles Yoder and the Harriet Sloss were married in Berlin, Germany, while Charles served in the U.S. Army. They moved to Gates Mills, Ohio, and lived there until moving in 1984 to the Bennington area, where he was employed in the development office of Bennington College until his retirement. Although Harriet passed away in 1991, they considered their years in Vermont to be the happiest of their married life.

Charles is survived by his two sons, Sam of Portland, Ore., and Andrew, who, along with Tracey Brinson Yoder and three grandchildren, Austin, Flynn and Phoebe, lives in Newfane. He also leaves his companion, Ruth Rehfus; his brother, Robert Yoder of Naples, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Janet Winans of Parker, Ariz.; his brother-in-law, Raymond Griffin of Quincy, Pa.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was active in civic affairs, serving several years on the Shaftsbury Select Board and as trustee of public funds and was for some years Shaftbury’s representative on the Bennington County Regional Planning Commission, of which he was chairman for three years.

He was a strong supporter of arts and library organizations and a longtime member of Rowfant Club, a literary club in Cleveland.

No services are planned in accordance with Charles’ wishes. For those wanting to make contributions as a remembrance to Charles, the Visiting Nurse Agency and Hospice of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care and the Vermont Institute for Natural Sciences represent his special concerns for conservation and health care interests.

Donations to these organizations in Mr. Yoder’s memory may be made in care of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 15 to June 16, 2006
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