Goshen News, Goshen, IN


April 10, 2014

Gerald J. Yoder

Gerald J. Yoder

Dec. 6, 1915-April 10, 2014

GOSHEN — At the age of 98 years, Gerald J. Yoder of 1300 Greencroft Drive, formerly of C.R. 24, Goshen, joined his wife, Maggie, in heaven.

He was born in Topeka, to Edwin J. and Molly (Stoltzfus) Yoder. When Gerald was 16, his mother died unexpectedly. A year-and-a-half later, his stepmother, Mary, joined the family.

On March 3, 1940, Gerald married Maggie Yoder. She died Dec. 22, 2010.

They were the parents of five children, Wilmetta (Norman) Maust, Warren (Janet) Yoder and Wes (Ruthie) Yoder of Goshen, Waneta (Stephen) Riegsecker of Middlebury and Wealtha (Dave) Helland of Rockford, Ill. There are 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Gerald was one of five children of which three survive, Gladys Johns, Grace (Ed) Miller and Galen (Esther) Yoder. His older sister, Genevieve Friesen, and two brothers-in-law, Dewayne Johns and John Friesen, are deceased.

Gerald actively farmed until he was 90 years old. He spent the next four years caring for his wife, Maggie, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

At the age of 54, Gerald earned his pilot’s license and purchased a Piper Tri-Pacer. After constructing an airstrip on the farm, he and Maggie enjoyed being able to fly to Purdue and to Illinois to visit two of their children between morning and evening farm chores. He also enjoyed flying his paraplane.

Gerald was active as a member of Waterford Mennonite Church where a memorial service will take place Monday at 11 a.m.

Visitation will be at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be given to Heifer Project International or Waterford Mennonite Church.

Messages of condolence for the family may be shared at www.rrefh.com.

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