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Paul Yoder

A funeral service for Paul E. Yoder, 91, of Kalona, will be held Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Fairview Mennonite Church in rural Kalona, with Pastor Chad Yoder, Conrad Hertzler and John Hershberger officiating.  Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Sunday, April 30 from 2-4, 5-8 PM at the Fairview Church.  A  memorial fund has been established for the Pleasantview Home where Paul was residing at the time of his death on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Paul E. Yoder was born November 24, 1925 in Kalona, Iowa, the son of Jonas R. and Magdelena (Miller) Yoder.  He graduated from Evergreen Rural School.  On December 5, 1946 he was united in marriage to Katie Fern Helmuth.  Paul was a farmer and also drove a truck for Mullet Trucking for many years.  In his retirement Paul drove the Kalona By-Ways Tour bus and delivered flowers for Of The Earth.  Paul enjoyed reading, history, story telling and visiting with people.  He was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church.

Survivors include six children: Floyd (Sarah) Yoder of Arthur, IL., Arlene (Robert) Anderson of Cedar Rapids, Gerald Yoder of Louisville, KY., Loren (Ruth Ann) Yoder of Arthur, IL., Myron Yoder (Catherine) of Kalona, Verlyn (Deb) Yoder of Kalona, nine grandchildren: Yvonne Pattison, Chad and Michael Yoder, Sheryl Gingerich, Brandon and Grant Yoder, Brooke Yoder, Hannah DeJong and Laura Yoder, 14 great grandchildren and two brothers: Ed Yoder and Frank (Ada) Yoder of Kalona.

Preceding Paul in death were his parents, his wife Katie in 2000, brother David L. Yoder in 2016, half brother Chris and two half sisters: Frieda and Mabel.

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Having grown up at Fairview, I have many good memories of your father.I remember going to your house (or somewhere else, but your parents were there too), Sunday nights after church and enduring long, raucous Rook games for the menfolk.More recently, I requested that Uncle David make a cassette tape telling stories of my dad's (Ora's) growing up.He enlisted your father to help him, and I still have that tape of them telling stories together.Even more recently, your father came to Ohio with David and Verna and visited in our home.At the meal following my step-mother, Nina's funeral a year and a half ago, I sat beside your father and had a nice visit with him.Your father was a good man.

Leora (Miller) Troyer May 1 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry I couldn't be with you. I will always remember my UnclePaul with a smile. He was a special man who deeply lovedlife. I am so glad he is reunited with Katie and my father. May God keep you in his care.Love Joy

Joy Yoder Apr 30 2017 12:00 AM

To Arlene & all family members; so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.My thoughts are with you at this time of loss.

Anne (Kemp) Kennell Apr 30 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, Gerald, Loren n RuthAnn, Myron, Verlyn n Deb Prayers for peace doing these days ahead. May each of you feel Gods loving arms wrapped around you. Lots of good memories of Paul.

Audrey (Shetler)Christman Apr 29 2017 12:00 AM

Arlene, I am very saddened to hear of your loss.Prayers to you and your family.

Cynthia Dennis Apr 28 2017 12:00 AM

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. "He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds Psalm 147:3."

Crystal Prasanphanich Apr 28 2017 12:00 AM

Deb, My deepest condolences to you and your family in the loss of your father-in-law.I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Rebecca Cantrell Apr 28 2017 12:00 AM