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AVON PARK, Florida John D. Yoder, 89, also of Goshen, died Thursday morning, May 4, 2017, in Sebring, Florida.
He was born Dec. 22, 1927, in New Paris, to Jonas S. and Delilah (Burkholder) Yoder.
On March 26, 1950, he married Elizabeth J. "Betty Jo" Hostetter. She died June 6, 1989. He later married Martha (Spidel) Sample May 3, 1992. She survives.
Also surviving are his children, Timothy T. (Marisa) Yoder, Goshen, Margaret Fultz, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and Robin G. (Luann) Yoder, Goshen; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Esther Ritenour, Sebring, Florida; and brother-in-law, Willis Kohli, Goshen. He is also survived by his wife Martha's children, Barbara Dawson, Nappanee, Brenda (David) Brunk, Martinez, Georgia, Greg Sample, Fort Myers, Florida, and G. Joe (Connie) Sample, Goshen; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents and first wife Betty, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Milo, Harvey, Levi, Frank and Carl Yoder; and three sisters, Mary Ann Goppert, Lydia Mae Bowman and Dorothy Kohli.
A lifelong area resident, John began work as a funeral director in 1950 with Culp Funeral Home. In 1954, along with his brother Milo, he built and started Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.
He was invited into Goshen Rotary in 1961, serving as president from 1966 to 1967. He was a member of Goshen City Church of the Brethren and attended St. John Methodist Church in Sebring, during the winters.
A charter member of Maplecrest Country Club, John was an avid golfer, playing his last round days prior to his hospitalization.
Friends may call Wednesday, May 10, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where a 10 a.m. Thursday funeral will be conducted.
Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Rotary Foundation or Goshen Boys and Girls Club.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 5, 2017
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