Gary W. Yoder II

Gary W. Yoder II LAMESA-A funeral service with full military honors for Captain Gary W. Yoder II GII, 33, of Fort Polk, La., formerly of Lamesa, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Lamesa with Larry Allison and Brian Pinkerton officiating. Burial will follow in Lamesa Memorial Park under the direction of Branon Funeral Home with a 21-gun salute during the ceremony. Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home. Viewing will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. GII was born on July 8, 1979, in Kermit to Gary and Jan (Booten) Yoder. He passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Fort Polk, La. He was a 1997 graduate of Lamesa High School. GII graduated from West Texas A&M University in Canyon with a Bachelor of Science in sports and exercise science in 2001. He earned his master's degree from Webster University in public administration in December of 2012. He married Lisa Leatherwood on July 27, 2002, in Lamesa. They were married for 10 years. II was commissioned into the United States Army in July of 2004 and was ranked as a Captain at the time of his death in 2013. He served in the US Corps of Engineers his entire career, having served one tour of duty in Iraq during August of 2006 and returned in September of 2007. GII served a second tour of duty in the Philippines during April of 2008 and returned in October of 2008. At the time of his passing, he was stationed at JRTC & Fort Polk, La., with Unit 1st MEB 46th ENG. Captain Gary W. Yoder II GII was set to take command of HHC, 1st MEB 46th Engineer Batallion, in February of 2013. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Yoder of Fort Polk, Louisiana; two sons, Gary Yoder III and Levi Yoder, both of Fort Polk; his parents, Gary and Jan Yoder of Lamesa; his sister, Amy Yoder of Fredricksburg; his grandparents, Rex and Maudie Yoder of Lamesa, formerly of Borger; his aunt, Carleen Campbell, uncle, George, and aunt, Laura Booten; and cousins, Justin Campbell, Jessica Mills and Rachel Booten. GII was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stanley and Sammy Jo Booten, and his uncle, Bill Campbell. The family suggests memorials to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, and , 3511 10th St., Lubbock, TX 79415.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 16, 2013