Jarett M. Yoder, 26, of Mohnton, passed away Tuesday, April 9th in Afghanistan.
Jarett was born in Reading on November 10th, 1986. He was the son of Diane C. (nee Allcroft) and Gary L. Yoder of Richmond Township.
Jarett recently married Heather L. Garay-Yoder on July 7th, 2012, just prior to his deployment to Afghanistan.
He was a highly trained solider and Apache helicopter pilot serving with B
Company, 1/104th Aviation Regiment, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division based out of Fort Indiantown Gap, PA.
Jarett was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and NATO Medal for his service in Afghanistan.
Other distinguished awards he received include
a Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze service star, and Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze service star.
Jarett was a 2005 Graduate of Oley Valley High School. He enjoyed participating in athletics such as soccer, track and field, and wrestling. Jarett was also very interested in the arts as he enjoyed pottery.
Jarett was preceded in death by his grandfather, Paul Yoder.
In addition to Jarett's immediate family, he is survived by his paternal grandmother Doris Yoder, maternal grandparents Robert and Gail Allcroft, sister Amanda Yoder, and brother Bryon Yoder. Amanda and Bryon also serve in the PA Army National Guard.
Furthermore, he is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Diane L. Newcomb and Joseph Garay of Mohnton, PA, sister-in-law Melissa Garay Belinski, wife of Jonathan Belinski, Reading, PA, and sister-in-law Ashley Garay, West Chester, PA.
Jarett had five nieces: Kayla, Jailyn, Willow, Cam-ila and Stella; and two nephews, Lucas and Jack.
Friends who wish to pay their respects are encouraged to do so on Sunday, April 21st from 6-8 p.m. at the Calvary United Christ Church located at Centre Avenue and Oley Street in Reading, PA. Religious service will commence at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st. Br. Douglas Didyoung, SALM, Rev. Dr. Stephen Ohnsman and Chaplain Ronald Miller, U.S. Army (ret.) will deliver the services.
Friends are also invited to gather Monday, April 22nd from 9-11 a.m. at Feeney Funeral Home. Procession to cemetery will leave the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Mt. Penn, PA.
Family requests donations be made to the "Jarett Yoder Scholarship Fund." Those who have donations can either send a check to the family directly at P.O. Box 139, Oley, PA 19547, or utilize any Wells Fargo Bank. The teller can assist with the donation.
Additionally, you can donate to the "Jarett Yoder
Memorial Fund." Proceeds will be dispersed to charities on behalf of Jarett Yoder. Please deposit checks at P.O. Box 402, Bowmansville, PA 17507 or any local Wells Fargo Bank.
Arrangements entrusted to the John P. Feeney Funeral Home in Reading's Centre Park Historic District, 625 N. 4th St. at Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601.
If you are planning to attend the graveside services at the cemetery on Monday, please be at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Please do not drive directly to the cemetery.
Obituary, directions and condolences at www.johnfeeneyfuneralhome.com.