SHIPSHEWANA — Robert E. Yoder, 83, of Shipshewana, died at 3:58 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at The Maples in Goshen. He was born Nov. 9, 1932, in Emma to Harley D. and Letha (Pletcher) Yoder. On May 31, 1953, he married Lois Marie Yoder at Forks Mennonite Church. She preceded him in death on Aug. 17, 2000. On July 19, 2003, he married Catherine Hochstedler of Kokomo. Mr. Yoder was a lifelong dairy and grain farmer and member of the Emma Mennonite Church. When in high school, he won several awards for dairy judging. His farm, Robert E. Yoder & Sons, won several awards for dairy production. He and his wife, Lois, served two years in 1W service at South Bend Memorial Hospital during the Korean conflict, were youth sponsors, and Mr. Yoder served for almost two decades as a church elder. Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Judy (Yoder), Roger and Jolene (Havens), Ron and Brenda (Lazzaro), and Rob and Juanita (Christner), all of Shipshewana; 12 grandchildren and spouses; 10 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren and their spouses; Jarvis (Ruby) Hochstedler, Cynthia (Mike) Tarrh, and Rochelle (Greg) Tryling ; seven step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis (Yoder) Weaver of Goshen. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Yoder of Elkhart. Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Emma Mennonite Churchwith pastors Gene Hartman and Jarvis Hochstedler officiating. Burial will be in Shore Mennonite Cemetery. Calling will be Sunday from 1-8 p.m. at the Emma Mennonite Church. Memorials are to Gideons International. Condolences may be left at millerstewartfuneralhome.com . Arrangements are by Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.
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