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Captain Gary W. "GII" Yoder II Obituary
FORT POLK, LA. A funeral service with full military honors for Captain Gary W. Yoder II "GII", 33, of Fort Polk Lousiana, formerly of Lamesa, will be held on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, at 10:00 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, January 18th, 2013, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home. Viewing will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. GII was born on July 8, 1979 in Kermit to Gary and Jan (Booten) Yoder. He passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013, in Fort Polk, Louisiana. 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. GII 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, Louisiana 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; 2 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; and 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 is 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, Kansas 66675, and , 3511 10th St., Lubbock, TX 79415.
Published in Odessa American on Jan. 16, 2013
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