GOSHEN - Samuel L. Yoder, 92, died in his home early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012.
Jan. 14, 1920 - Dec. 23, 2012
GOSHEN — Samuel L. Yoder, 92, died in his home early Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 2012. He had been ill the past three weeks.
He was born Jan. 14, 1920, in Yoder, Kan., to Levi M. and Gertrude (Yoder) Yoder.
He married Lillian Zook on June 15, 1951, in Orville, Ohio.
She survives along with a son, John S. (Queen) Yoder of Elkhart; three brothers, Alvin Yoder of Middlebury, B. William Yoder of Goshen and Lee (Pensri) Yoder of Thailand; and three sisters, Sara Miller and Mary (Alvin) Miller, both of Goshen, and Gertie (Orvil) Christner of Wolcottville.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lee Yoder in 1986; and three sisters, Anna Troyer, Edna Troyer and Polly Mast.
A Goshen resident since 1961, Mr. Yoder taught education and psychology at Goshen College from 1961 to 1986 and served as director of the teacher education department for 19 years. He was a member of College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
He served four years, 1941-44, with Civilian Public Service and then went to Europe with MCC from 1944-46 to help build homes and work in refugee resettlement. He entered college without a high school diploma, graduating from Goshen College in 1952. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Doctor of Education in 1967 from Indiana University.
After retirement he taught Elderhostels at Epworth Forest, North Webster, on the subject of Amish life and culture.
He was in two documentaries, “Beyond the Buggy” and “The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight it.”
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church. Family and friends will gather for a 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, prayer service in the Koinonia Room.
Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery.
An 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, memorial service will be conducted at College Mennonite Church, with Pastor Phil Waite officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greencroft Foundation or Goshen College.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.