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Fred Yoder

Fred L. Yoder, 76 of Kalona died, Thursday, October 21, 2021 at his home. His body has been cremated and private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be designated to Iowa City Hospice or Mennonite Central Committee. Memorial and condolences may be mailed to 2204 135th Dr. #6, Kalona, Iowa 52247. Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Fred was born December 24, 1944 in Kokomo, IN the son of Leo and Fannie (Herschberger) Yoder. He grew up in Kalona and was united in marriage to Judy Egli, March 29, 1969 in Denver CO.

In 1976 Fred and Judy moved to Kalona to partner with his brother Elmer in business at Kalona Oil Co., Fred loved the Lord and was a member of Kalona Mennonite Church where he was active for over 40 years. He loved to travel, vacation with his siblings and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Denver Broncos fan. Fred had lifelong health issues which included 2 kidney transplants, with the last one being a live donation from his sister Miriam, that gave him 9 more good years of life.

Survivors include his wife Judy, son Scott A Yoder and wife Annie Sessa of Hoboken, NJ; brother Elmer Yoder and wife Marlene, sisters, Miriam Nisly and husband Sheldon, Lovina King and husband Roland and Lora Riegsecker and husband Del; grandchildren, Jacob L. Yoder of Iowa City, Leo Sessa-Yoder, Ollie Sessa-Yoder and Lola Sessa-Yoder.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Floyd.

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Fred turned his own suffering into concern and compassion for others, which is a life lesson for all. His hospitality, love of family and friends, faith will live on in my mind. He will be sorely missed.

Mary Bellmore Nov 1 2021 12:00 AM

Scott and Jacob ,Sending my sincere condolences on your loss . Cherish all those good memories and hold them close to your heart . Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers . Matt Gavin Spike

Matt Gavin Oct 29 2021 12:00 AM

Judy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Scott and his family at this time of your loss. I have great memories of times spent with your family. Fred always had a smile and a welcoming way of greeting everyone. Love for all of you.

Cecil Capper Oct 24 2021 12:00 AM

Our hearts are broken hearing of Fred's passing. Judy, know that we are praying for you, Scott and family. Fred was a quite spirit that always wore a smile. He made a point of greeting us when we visited KMC. We extend our sincere sympathy to all of the extended family!

Lynn and Margaret Williams Oct 23 2021 12:00 AM

Our hearts are broken at the passing of a very gentle soul. Fred always wore a smile and was willing to help when needed. We send our warmest sympathy to dear Judy and family. Fred will be missed and remembered fondly!

Lynn & Margaret Williams Oct 23 2021 12:00 AM

Sending thoughts and prayers to Judy and family. What a swell, gentle spirit Fred was! As a side note, he shared a birthday with my wife and dad. May God Bless.

Rich and B Miller Oct 23 2021 12:00 AM

Fred's presence was always what stood out about him. Whenever I talked with him during visits to Iowa - whether at his gas station, in his living room, or in the narthex of Kalona Mennonite - he was unfailingly gracious, wry in his humor, and welcoming to this stranger from out of state. He and Judy both have always defined the very quintessence of hospitality. May you all grieve well.

Tobin Miller Shearer Oct 23 2021 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to Judy, Scott and Fred's brother, sisters and grandchildren. His gentle demeanor and positive spirit have been an inspiration to me since our friendship began as freshmen at IMS. I will miss him and always remember him as a trusted and close friend.

Orv Gingerich Oct 22 2021 12:00 AM