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Saturday May 30th, 2020
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Edwin Yoder

Edwin L. “Ed” Yoder, 91, of Kalona, died on May 19th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital Iowa City, at the age of 91 years and 1 day. A private family burial will be held Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the East Union Cemetery. A public drive through visitation will be held Saturday, May 30 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM at the East Union Mennonite Church carport.

Ed Yoder was born near Kalona on May 18th, 1929, to Jonas and Lena Yoder. He attended Evergreen School. He later earned his GED and attended trade school to become a bricklayer. Ed married Esther Miller on June 3rd, 1951. They were married 59 years, until Esther’s passing in 2010. Ed worked as a bricklayer in Iowa and Atlanta, GA. He was a member of East Union Mennonite Church and the Washington Township Optimists Club. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and driving his little red scooter around Kalona for the past several years.

Upon retirement, Ed and Esther moved to Horseshoe Bend AR, where they lived for 10 years before returning to Kalona. Before moving to Georgia, Ed donated blood for many years.

Ed is survived by 6 children and their spouses: Rodney & Yvonne Yoder of Camp Crook, SD, Bob and Deb Yoder of Kalona, Eric Yoder of Riverside, Melanie and Mike Schweitzer of Wellman, Beth and Jim Schlabaugh of Wellman, and Celia and Emmanuel Ffrench of Newport Beach, CA; grandchildren Megan Yoder of Kalona, Stephanie and Tyler Weers of Falcon Heights, MN, Austin Schlabaugh and Jared Schlabaugh of Wellman, and Gigi Ffrench of Newport Beach, CA; great-granddaughters Nora and Violet Weers of Falcon Heights, MN, and a brother Frank and Ada Yoder of Kalona. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Vesta Neale, Mary Jane Baker, Anne Miller, Ida Fern Miller, Ruby Miller, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Esther in 2010, a granddaughter Allison Yoder, brothers Paul and Katie Yoder, David and Verna Yoder, and 3 half-siblings Chriss Yoder, Frieda Whetstone, and Mabel Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to East Union Mennonite Church or the Mississippi Valley Blood Bank.

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I had the pleasure of getting to know Ed through Kalona Valley Apartments. He was a very kind man who liked his independence. I will miss seeing him around town on his scooter. My sympathies to the family.

Steve & Dixie Jul 6 2020 12:00 AM

Frank and Ada,Sympathies on the passing of your brother and brother-in-law. May God comfort all who mourn. My sympathies are extended to the rest of his family as well. Peace.

Richard Wildermuth May 23 2020 12:00 AM

Ed was a wonderful, talented man! We are still living in and enjoying the beautiful, "sloppy brick" home he built for your family and then sold to us after he built a larger home for you across the road! We are so glad you brought him out to go through it on his birthday a year or two ago! As a young couple back in 1983, we never could have afforded it if Ed hadn't accepted our lower offer and then trusted us to pay him on a lower-interest, personal contract instead of a bank loan... He treated us so fairly -- as if we were his own kids -- he was so kind and understanding! We still enjoy the lovely lillies, Dutch iris, bushes, and trees your mom planted! And we are forever grateful she was willing to rush over in the middle of the night to stay with 2 year old Tiffany when Lacey was born, since we had no family in the area! We were so blessed to get to have Maribeth and Celia in school, and then the next generation -- Austin, Megan, and Stephanie! And finally, we are so grateful that Bob, the master welder, was able to to make queen sized bed rails for a 7 generation family bed that is still being used and treasured! Your family has touched our lives in so many positive ways, and now we, too, feel the loss of your dear dad and grandpa. Love and prayers, Gary and Becky CurtisP.S. We will mail a memorial to Mississippi Valley Blood Center. We, too, were blood donors for 40+ years, and feel so badly we can no longer give when the need is so great right now...

Gary and Becky Curtis May 23 2020 12:00 AM

To Austin and Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.Your Scheels Family

Your Scheels Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Beth, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.HIM Staff

HIM Staff Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our love and prayers are with you! We will always have great memories of our uncle Ed! Love David and Verna Yoder family

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM