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Lower Deer Creek Church
Friday November 29th, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Lower Deer Creek Church
Friday November 29th, 2019
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Celebration of Life

Lower Deer Creek Church
Saturday November 30th, 2019

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Randy Yoder

A celebration of life for Randall “Randy” L. Yoder, 54, of Kalona, will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Lower Deer Creek Church, 1408 540th Street, SW, Kalona, with Pastors Don Patterson and Steve Nelson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday, November 29, 2019, from 1 – 4 and 5 – 8 PM at Lower Deer Creek Church.  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Crooked Creek Christian Camp and Iowa City Hospice.  Randy Yoder passed into the arms of Jesus, Tuesday, November 26, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in rural Kalona following a three-year battle with colon cancer.  The Peterseim Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Randy was born August 16, 1965, in Iowa City, the son of Donald G. and Ila J. (Schlabaugh) Yoder.  He graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1984 and Hesston College in 1986.  On June 20, 1987 he was united in marriage to Paula K. Hathaway in Beamer, NE, and became the father of three boys who he thoroughly enjoyed many activities with.  Randy worked for Stutsman’s Inc, English River Pellets, and the past 20 years at Mercy Hospital.  Randy was a member of Lower Deer Creek Church where he was baptized and served in many capacities, most recently as Elder.  He also served on the Crooked Creek Christian Camp Board, and coached his boys’ baseball teams at Washington Township.  Randy enjoyed farming and raising cattle, hunting, fishing, camping, trips to Colorado, rebuilding salvaged vehicles and restoring antique tractors, but most important to him was his time spent with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Paula of Kalona, three sons: Lukas (Amanda) Yoder of Kalona, Cole (Breana) Yoder of Kalona, Caleb Yoder and friend Sarah Ebersole of Sharon Center, parents Don and Ila Yoder of Kalona, sister Deb (Verlyn) Yoder of Kalona, brother Scott (Cindy) Yoder of Sioux Falls, SD.  Also surviving are his  father and mother-in-law Dave and Stella Hathaway of Kalona, brother and sisters-in-law: Dave (Jeanette) Hathaway of Goshen, IN, Tim (Melinda) Hathaway of Wellman, Christine (Tim) Yoder of Bellevue, NE, Reba (Mitch) Stutzman of Millersburg, IN, 17 nieces and nephews and 5 great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding Randy in death were his paternal and maternal grandparents.

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I just saw that Randy passed away and wanted to give you my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one. I worked with Randy at Mercy. He was such a great guy! May God hold you in his hands in the days ahead and may you find comfort in the good memories you shared!

Donna Ford - Mercy PHO Dec 3 2019 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about the passing of Randy, even though we haven't talked or see each other for over 20 yrs I still have vivid memories growing up together , my thoughts and prayers go out to the family he left behind

Randy Knepp Dec 1 2019 12:00 AM

Randy was such a great guy to work with. I worked labor/delivery at Mercy and whenever some issue came up whether it was when he was in engineering or information systems he would find the answer. Always so pleasant and smiling no matter what. He will be missed. Prayers for peace in the days ahead for your family.

Pat Williams, retired from Mercy Labor/Delivery Nov 29 2019 12:00 AM

Randy was such a joy to work with at Mercy - always had a smile and kind word. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

Linda Milder - Mercy Access Services Nov 28 2019 12:00 AM

What a joy Randy brought to our work lives. He was always helpful, friendly, and brightened up our day.

Sally Beckman, Mercy Behavioral Health Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

I knew Randy when he first started in Engineering at Mercy then to Information Systems loved seeing him in the hallway takking NASCAR hunting coming asking for blue towels such a kind person he will be missed by many his family friends and colleagues are in my thoughts and prayers

Terri Lee Doehrmann Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

Randy always came to our clinic with a smile. I will miss his chats and his turkey call ringtone.

Laura R. Davis, Mercy Urology Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

Randy was such a joy to work with at Mercy. A genuinely kind man with always a smile and hello. It was clear to all how much he loved his family. He will be missed by many. Prayers for you all.

Michele Bogs, Mercy Administration Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray that in time memories bring more laughter and smiles than tears.

Kim Meyerhoff Pattee Nov 27 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Deb, Verl, and family,Were thinking and praying for you in this difficult time. Love,Gardi, Brad, Olivia, Ben, and Augustus

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