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LeRoy W. Yoder, 80, of Berne, met his Lord and Savior at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born on September 4, 1931, in Adams County, to Raymond and Ida (Habegger) Yoder of rural Geneva.
LeRoy was married on March 6, 1954 to Barbara Lehman. The couple celebrated 58 years of marriage.
He enlisted in the US Army and served two years in Puerto Rico from 1954-1956. After his military service, the couple became the third generation to live and work on the family dairy farm in Hartford Township, west of Berne.
They were honored to receive a 100-year Indiana Homestead Award from the state in recognition of the Yoder family’s long history on the land. LeRoy’s grandparents, John and Mary Yoder, first purchased the land in 1899. The original farmhouse still stands and is occupied by one of LeRoy’s granddaughters and farmed by his son, Kevin. He left the farm in 1999 and moved to Berne.
LeRoy was an active member of the First Mennonite Church. He joined the church in 1945 and served as a trustee and on the MCC Meat Canner committee, a Mennonite organization providing food relief for those in need around the world.
Other interests were singing in the First Mennonite Men’s Chorus, Adamizers Barbershop Chorus and the Edelweiss Men’s Chorus. He served on the South Adams School Board from 1970-74. LeRoy served as board president and helped with the building plans of the new high school.
Surrounded by his loving family and many friends, LeRoy will always be remembered for his wit, humor and stories. He enjoyed making homemade ice cream on the farm and being at the local coffee shops reminiscing with his many friends. Among survivors are his wife Barbara; three sons, Keith (Carla) Yoder of Dunlap, Ill., Kevin (Tami) Yoder of Geneva, and Kyle (Tammy) Yoder of Palmdale, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; one sister, Vernelle Yoder of Berne; and one brother, Harry Yoder of Berne.
He was preceded in death by four siblings, Ilva, Evanna, John and Jerry Yoder.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, at First Mennonite Church in Berne, with Rev. Jeff Linthicum and Rev. Jerry Flueckiger officiating.
Burial will be in the MRE Cemetery with military graveside rites by Berne Post 468.
Preferred memorials are to the First Mennonite Church for the benefit of the local MCC Meat Canner.
Online condolences may be made at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.