Goshen News, Goshen, IN


April 30, 2014

Joseph Wilmer 'Bill' Yoder

July 18, 1923-April 29, 2014

Joseph Wilmer

‘Bill’ Yoder

July 18, 1923-April 29, 2014

GOSHEN — Joseph Wilmer “Bill” Yoder, 90, died Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Hospital of South Bend after suffering a stroke on Friday.

He was born July 18, 1923 in Elkhart County, to Joseph and Dorothy (Dovel) Yoder.

In 1946, he married Betty Montel.

On July 21, 1990, he married Beverly (Rowdabaugh) Fisher in Goshen.

She survives along with his first wife, Betty Yoder, Goshen; five children, Laura (Robert) Holloway, Coatesville, Pa., Margaret (Bud) Barnell, Seneca Falls, N.Y., Mary (Jeff) Douglas, Tallahassee, Fla., Jim (Lois) Yoder, Middlebury, and Ed (Teresa) Yoder, Goshen; four stepchildren, Linda (Joe) Hagar, Chillicothe, Ill., Virginia (Dorn) Nichols and Cynthia (Garry) Hattery, both of Goshen, and William (Sharon) Fisher, Colleyville, Texas; nine grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 28 step great-grandchildren. Also surviving are five siblings, June Burkholder, Goshen, John C. (Betty) Yoder, Elkhart, Phil Yoder, Union, Mich., Tom (Karen) Yoder, Albion, and Darlene (Dale) Skinner, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Delight Yoder; two sisters, Kathryn Warstler and Marjorie Stokoe; and a stepson, Fred Fisher.

A longtime farmer, Mr. Yoder also worked at Western Rubber for 20 years. He attended Silver Street Mennonite Church, now Silverwood Mennonite Church, before joining Rock Run Church of the Brethren in 1990. He enjoyed woodworking projects that benefited other people.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Rock Run Cemetery, Goshen. Pallbearers will be Donn, Kirk and Dan Yoder, Josh and Jeremy Barnell and Ben Douglas.

A memorial service will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rock Run Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Tim Waits officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Goshen Sunrisers’ Kiwanis Club for their Riley Hospital Project, or to Habitat for Humanity or Rock Run Church of the Brethren.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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