Yoder obituaries from various sources:



Private family services for Otho "O.B." Yoder, 87, of Saugatuck, Mich., were held at Saugatuck Chapel at Dykstra Funeral Home. Burial was in Riverside Cememtery.
Mr. Yoder died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1995, at Holland Community Hospital, Holland, Mich.

Mr. Yoder was born April 27, 1908, in Elkhart, Indiana to Ray S. Yoder & Lettie Dillon Yoder. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1925 and from Purdue University in 1930, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He ran track in both high school and college and was a member of the record-setting 1926 Elkhart High relay team of Yoder, Teeters, Trautman and Steele whose record stood for about 40 years. He was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Mr. Yoder was employed as a metallurgical engineer at ALCOA, retiring after 43 years. He had worked for ALCOA in new Kensington, and Pittsburgh, Pa., and ALCOA, Tennessee. He served as Assistant Chief Metalurgist at the plant in Pleasant Valley, Ia. He also served as an international representative for ALCOA with the Furakawa Aluminum Company in Nikko, Japan and for five years with Lipps Aluminum in Drunen, Netherlands.

O.B. was an avid golfer and shot a hole-in-one at the West Shore Golf Club in Douglas, Mich. He was a member of the Douglas Community Church for over 22 years. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Phyllis Pamperien Yoder; two sons, Kirby Yoder of Shanghai, China, and Chris Yoder of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; grandchildren Ray, Roy, and Ryan Yoder of Ia., Christian and Jerusha Yoder of Tn.; great-grandson Andrew Yoder & a brother Raymond Yoder of Elkhart, In.

Elkhart Truth- April 17, 1980


Mrs. Lettie A. Yoder, 91, of 1502 E. Jackson Blvd., died at 7a.m. today at home.

She was born Feb. 8, 1889, in Shipshewana, and married Ray S. Yoder, Oct. 6, 1906. He was a former city fireman who died in 1961.

Surviving are two sons, Otho, Saugatuck, Mich., and Raymond, Elkhart; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the White Funeral Home. Friends may also call one hour prior to services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the first Brethren Church. The Rev. Dan Gray, assisted by Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, Ashland College Seminary, will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Brethren Church.

Oct. 2, 1914 - Feb. 19, 2002
GOSHEN -- Audre J. Proctor, 87, of 1300 Greencroft Drive, died at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2002) at Goshen General Hospital. She was born in New Paris on Oct. 2, 1914, to George and Hazel (Stiver) Yoder. She married Thomas Proctor in St. Johnsburg, Vt., on Sept. 7, 1939. He is deceased. Mrs. Proctor is survived by one son, Philip of Beverly Hills, Calif; one grandchild; and one sister, Bonnie Muir of Goshen. One sister, Betty Main; and one brother, Phillip D. Yoder, are deceased. Mrs. Proctor worked for American Heritage Publishing Co. in New York City. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Tri-Kappa sorority. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Violett Cemetery. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church.

Mary Jane (Yoder) Gofus-8/16/2001

Mary Jane Gofus, 81, formerly of 1383 Freidensburg Road, Stony Creek Mills, and Grandview Manor, Fleetwood, died Aug. 16 in Manor Care Health Services Muhlenberg Township, where she had been a patient for 10 days. Her husband, John J. Gofus, died in 1992. Born in Owosso, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Viola D. (Rapp) Yoder. Gofus was employed as the manager of the Antietam Elementary School cafeteria for 15 years, retiring in 1982. She served as chairwoman of the Lower Alsace Township Centennial Committee and for many years was the beneficial secretary and treasurer of the Stony Creek Athletic Association Ladies Auxiliary. Gofus was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stony Creek Mills. She is survived by a daughter, Stephanie J. (Gofus) Hymes, Denver, Colo. Also surviving are a brother, Joseph O. Yoder, Stony Creek Mills, and a sister, Nancy A. Yoder, Pottstown. There are also three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren. Services will be Tuesday at 10am in Lutz Funeral Home, Mount Penn. Burial will be in the Spies-Zion Cemetery, Alsace Township.

Contributed by Kaye Straus


MORTON, ILL -- Jesse L. Yoder, 96, formerly of 114 Hemlock Drive died at 5:03 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2002 at Morton Terrace, where he was a resident.
Born Aug. 27, 1905 in Morton to Edward and Anna Kaufman Yoder, he married Margaret A. Yentes on July 02,
1932, in Peoria. She died June 30, 1996.
He also was preceded in death by three sisters.
Surviving are one son, Donald (and Bobbie) of Morton; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Ringel of
Marquette Heights; one sister Mrs. William (Eula) Grimm, Jr. of Morton; six grandchildren; and 11
He had worked for Edward Yoder Transfer and Ice Co. in Morton for 15 years. He then became the first city letter
carrier in Morton for the U.S. Postal Service in 1941 and later became a rural carrier in 1955. He retired in 1965.
He was a member of Community United Church of Christ in Morton. He also was a member of Kennel Lake
Sportsman's Club.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at his church. The Revs. James and Laura Shelton will officiate. Visitation
will be from 5 to 8 tonight at Ludwig Mortuary and one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Roberts
Memorials may be made to his church or Harbor Light Hospice in Peoria.

(In case you don't have this Edward Yoder in your files, he was the son of John B. Yoder and Elizabeth King.)

Contributed by Kaye Straus, jkstraus@bellsouth.net

This next Obituary is the wife of Ralph E. Hoerr (pronounced Hair) Ralph was the son of Rosina (Rose) Yoder and David A. Hoerr. Rose was the daughter of William John and Marie Schreiber Yoder, William was the son of John B. and Elizabeth King Yoder.

Peoria - Anna M. "Annie" Hoerr, 76, of Peoria, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore.
Born June 7, 1923, in Peoria to Harold and Amy Coffland Tyrrell, she married Ralph "Rudy" Hoerr on Dec. 13, 1941, in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Irv (and his wife Cheryl) of Peoria and Scott (and his wife Karen) of Statesville, N.C.; one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Linda) Gardiner of Peoria, six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gerald (and Julie) Tyrrell of Rock Island and Orville (and Debbie) Tyrrell of Leander, Texas. She was preceded in death by two brothers. She worked as a bookkeeper for D. A. Hoerr and sons for 45 years, retiring June 1, 1988. She was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Wilton Mortuary, George Hoerr will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Contributed by: Chuck Carey

Dear YODER cousins,

The following obituary appeared in this morning's Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2003

Hatten S. Yoder Jr., 82; Leading Researcher on Volcanic Basalt
From the Washington Post

Hatten S. Yoder Jr., an expert on volcanic basalt whose research about the effects of high pressure and temperature on minerals contributed to knowledge about the origins of life, has died. He was 82.

Yoder died Aug. 2 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., after suffering from sepsis, a bleeding disorder and renal failure.

The emeritus director of the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, Yoder did experimental research in geology and petrology for more than half a century. His investigations included the physical chemistry of silicate and sulfide, energy in molten systems and abiotic synthesis of organic compounds.

He pioneered a technique and apparatus for high-pressure research on basalt that was later used by lab scientists who found unexpected chemical reactions in deep hydrothermal vents of the sea. The reactions were believed to have played a key role in the conversion of nitrogen to ammonia, a step in the development of life.

The mineral yoderite was named for him after he synthesized the compound.

Yoder served on a number of national scientific advisory boards. His publications included the book "Generation of Basaltic Magma" (1976) and more than 100 articles in scientific journals. He was editor of the book "The Evolution of the Igneous Rocks: Fiftieth Anniversary Perspectives" (1979).

Yoder served in the Navy as a meteorologist in the Pacific and Europe during World War II. In 1945, he worked with a team of Russian and U.S. meteorologists in Siberia to establish a weather monitoring station before the planned Allied invasion of Japan. He described that experience in his book "Planned Invasion of Japan, 1945: The Siberian Weather Advantage" (1997).

A native of Cleveland, Yoder graduated from the University of Chicago. He did graduate work in geology at the University of Minnesota and received a doctorate in the subject at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He held honorary doctorates from the University of Paris and the Colorado School of Mines.

Yoder became an experimental petrologist at Carnegie in 1948 and was named director in 1971. His research continued after he retired as director in 1986.

He was president of the Mineralogical Society of America and belonged to a number of other national and international professional societies. Among them were the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Washington Academy of Sciences, and the Geological and Chemical Societies of Washington. He was a founding member of the Geochemical Society.

His honors included some of the highest awards in earth science, including the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America, and top awards of the Geological Society of America and the National Academy of Sciences.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen Wallace of Gaithersburg, Md., and a granddaughter.


Note from Chris Yoder, Editor "The Yoder Newsletter":

HATTEN was a longtime friend of the Yoder Newsletter. His ancestry can be found at:


(go to the bottom of the page and look at his father, Hatten Sr, who is OH1328527).

We also ran a short bio of him in YNL 3:


Featured a photo of his grandafther's family at:


He was a proud Yoder and we at the Yoder Newsletter will miss him greatly.

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