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James Yoder

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James William Yoder

Cedar City

Jim Yoder was born June 28, 1926 in South Bend, Indiana where he was raised until the winds of war swept him to the South Pacific to defend the nation. Surviving a sniper's bullet that passed through his helmet and embedded in his back, he was awarded the Purple Heart for meritorious service. After the War he followed his passion and learned to fly a single engine airplane logging 180 in-flight hours. On a brief stint in Cheyenne, Wyoming he met his future wife, Lavonne Rhodine, and they married in 1951. Two sons were born to the couple over the next three years (Steve 1952 and Mark 1954) and he worked hard to raise them. He moved his family three times in thirteen years pursuing job opportunities, finally retiring in Cedar City after 20 years in the Teamsters Union working in Las Vegas. He was in his fifties when he took up golfing and riding a motor cycle and, being a natural athlete, he was good at both. He loved sports but experienced most of his personal growth serving the church on fellowship committees organizing various activities, feasts, and parties. He enjoyed the company of friends and family and had a gregarious, amiable nature. He was a guy you couldn't help but like. He was raised in the Brethren Church but became a Lutheran when he married Lavonne. Over the course of his life he learned the importance of church attendance and fellowship with other like-minded believers. He made it a point to wear his cross necklace in public and would speak openly about his faith.

Jim died three weeks short of his 88th birthday on June 06, 2014. He finished strong in the spirit of witness, mercy, and life together, thanks be to God. He is now with his LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ and not so incidentally he is also with his father, mother, wife, firstborn son, and great granddaughter, all of whom preceded him in death.

Jim is survived by his Son, Mark Yoder, daughters-in-law, Connie and Sharon; five granddaughters, Mrs. Maria Redd, Adelaide Yoder, Cristina Yoder, Mackenzie Yoder, and Emily Yoder; and two great granddaughters, Jaden and Kendal Redd. A memorial service is planned for the morning of Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedar City.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on July 29, 2014
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