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Alton Yoder, 79, died at 4:25 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at his residence after a short battle with cancer and Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
He was born Feb. 4, 1938, near Shipshewana, son of Noah J. and Mattie J. (Yoder) Yoder. On May 21, 1961, in Nappanee, he married his best friend, Dorothy Mae Mullet. She survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Doreen (Lynn) Hershberger, Middlebury; two sons, Arlin (Rhonda) Yoder, Middlebury, and Tony (Carole) Yoder, Graham, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Kristin (Greg) Yoder, Stephanie Hershberger, Heidi (Joshua) Holman, Eric Hershberger, Joshua Yoder, Jonathon Yoder, Jason Yoder, Darin Yoder and Alice Yoder; two great-grandchildren, Braxton and Natalie Yoder; four sisters, Susan (Levi) Lambright, Katie (Monroe) Yoder, Dorothy (Isaac) Borkholder and Edna (Alva) Miller; three brothers, Menno (Alice) Yoder, Daniel (Viola) Yoder and Amzie (Mae) Yoder; and a sister-in-law, Louise Yoder.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Emma Yoder; and two brothers, Ervin and LeRoy Yoder.
Alton worked at Honeyville Metal, Starcraft RV and Miller's Building Supply. He enjoyed spending the winters in Sarasota, Florida. He was a member of Gideons International.
Alton loved his family and enjoyed golfing, biking, bocce ball and woodworking. Alton accepted Jesus as Lord of his life at the age of 18 and has been a member of Townline Mennonite Church for 61 years.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Townline Mennonite Church, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Pastors Dean Yoder and James Yoder. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Memorials may be given to The Gideons or World Missionary Press. Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 13, 2017
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