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Steve L. Yoder, 93, Nappanee, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at his residence.
He was born March 27, 1924, in Burton, Ohio, to Levi and Elizabeth Yoder.
On Feb. 29, 1948, he married Alice Kuhns. She preceded him in death in 2006.
Steve was ordained as a minister in 1952, then served as bishop of Maple Lawn Amish Mennonite Church, Nappanee, for 39 years.
He was a plumbing and heating contractor for many years as well as a "little red barn" builder.
Steve and Alice served in Belize under Amish Mennonite Aid from 1977-1980. Steve was founder of Mexico Mennonite Aid, working among the Mennonite colonies of Mexico since January 1996.
He is survived by his children, Glen Dale (Salome) Yoder, Middleburg, Pennsylvania, Mary Jane (Jose, "Chente") Mejia, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, Ruth Ann (Marvin) Schmucker, Goshen, Bertha Mae (Steven) Hulse, Nappanee, David Allen (Christine) Yoder, Elkhart, Steven Jay Yoder, Etna Green, John Wayne (Linda) Yoder, New Paris; siblings, Melvin Yoder, Gertrude Miller and Naomi Mast; 28 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Yoder; parents; three brothers; two sisters; a daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren.
Family and friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, all at Maple Lawn Church, 29267 C.R. 52, Nappanee.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, also at the church. Gary Burkholder and Thomas Mast will officiate.
Burial will be at Maple Lawn Church Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Published on January 31, 2018
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