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Mon., 3 Nov 1997

Joseph A. YODER

  Burr Oak ~ Joseph A. YODER, 73, 64228 Needham Road, died April 12, 1996, at the Sturgis Hospital.
  He was born Oct 18, 1922, in Morocco, Ind., a son of Alvin and Lydia (HOCHSTETLER) YODER.
  On May 9, 1943, he married Lois M. YOUNG, in Centreville.
  He was a Burr Oak resident more than 50 years. He had owned and operated Yoder's Repair Shop, In., Burr Oak, 50 years and he also enjoyed farming. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II and earning the rank of sergeant. He was involved one year in the Civilian Conversation Corps, Wisconsin. He was a member of the St John's Lutheran Church, Burr Oak, the Neuman ~ Wenzel Post 73 American Legion, the Burr Oak Board of Education 12 years, the Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, and a church elder 15 years. He also was active in the Burr Oak Volunteer Fire Department.
  Surviving are his wife; two daughters and sons-in-law, David and Darlene PORTER, Forrest Lake, Minn., and Ronald and Anita ELDRIDGE, Sturgis; two  sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph (Butch) and Kathy YODER, Burr Oak, and Eugene and Joyce YODER, Sturgis; eight grandchildren, Linette, Norman, Jonathon, Joseph II, Yvette, Ryan, Michelle and Ronald; four great-grandchildren; 20 brothers and sisters; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.
  Relatives and friends may call anytime today at the Hackman ~ Foglesong Funeral Home, Sturgis, where the family will receive friends from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 p.m. today. Services are at  10 a.m. Tuesday at St John's Lutheran Church, Burr Oak, with the Rev. Kurt KUHLMANN officiating. Burial will be in Burr Oak Cemetery, with full military rites being conferred by the Captain John J Kelley Post 1355 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  Memorials may be directed to the St John's Lutheran Church or the Burr Oak Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Transcribed from an original newspaper clipping, 'The Sturgis Journal', serving the Burr Oak,
Michigan area.

Obituary provided by Belle Decker and transcribed by Josephine Reed Foster Garzelloni.

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