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J. Warren ‘Jack’ Yoder

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J. Warren “Jack” Yoder, 94, of West Liberty, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Green Hills Center, West Liberty.

He was born on May 10, 1919. in Champaign County, a son of the late Dan C. and Maude (Allgyer) Yoder.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Hartzler and Marie King; two brothers, Dr. C. Richard Yoder, and Dan J. Yoder, his stepmother, Belle Stoltzfus Yoder; and four nephews.

On Jan. 23, 1948, he married Ruth Weber and she survives along with sons, Edward (Jan) Yoder of Toronto, Ontario, Keith (Mary Claire) Yoder of Atlanta and Karl Yoder of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Bill, Shawn, Elisha, Lindsay, Luke, Rebecca and Benjamin; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Everett Yoder of West Liberty; and many  nieces and nephews.

A 1937 graduate of Salem High School, he attended Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., for one year and then returned to West Liberty to work on the home farm.

In 1942, he began farming for a brother-in-law for one year. In 1945 he joined a group of cattle tenders on a large ship sponsored by the Brethren Service Committee, to take 373 Holstein heifers to Poland.

Following that trip he worked for Carl Grey Sr. who bought Canadian Holsteins and had cattle sales. Jack became interested in dairy cattle.

Farming for Jack’s generation involved many changes. As a boy growing up, he remembers mules and horses being replaced by tractors; cows being milked by machine and hay making, planting and harvesting methods changing. No more silo filling or neighborhood threshing crews.

In 1948, he and his wife moved into the home farm, and lived there for 52 years.

He was an active member of the Mennonite Church, growing up with his family at Oak Grove.  In 1948 he became a member of Bethel Mennonite Church.

Pastor David Maurer will officiate a memorial service at a later date. Private burial services will be held at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to Green Hills Community, 6557 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty OH 43357.

Assisting the family with arrangements was Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.

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