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Name: Joe W. Yoder
Spouse: Dee Kreglow Yoder
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Manchester College, St. Francis College, IUPU - Ft. Wayne
Birthdate: October 8, 1939   
Date of Death: January 19, 2011  

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Joe W. Yoder, 71, retired Whitley County Consolidated School teacher, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 19, 2011 in Cape Coral, Fla. after battling cancer for nine months.

He was born on October 8, 1939 in Columbia City, the only child of "Whitley County Educators", Harry T. and Hallie Z. White Yoder. His formative years were spent on the Yoder farm in Washington Township. He attended the Washington Center School and graduated from the Columbia City High School with the Class of 1957. He received his bachelors' degree from Manchester College in 1961, completed his master's degree at St. Francis University and had additional degree work at I.P.F.W. University in Fort Wayne.

His first teaching position was at the Etna-Troy School, then Thorncreek Township School and for many years, he taught the fourth grade at the Marshall School and also the gifted and talented, retiring in 1995, completing thirty-three years.

On July 5, 1969, he was united in marriage to Dee Kreglow from New York, whom he met during his college days at Manchester. They made their first home at Wawasee Lake, moving to the Yoder family farm, South of Columbia City, following the death of his parents. Since 1996, they have made their home in Cape Coral.

He was always interested in the performing arts, produced and preformed in summer stock theatre, was involved in writing the performance objectives in performing arts for the State of Indiana. He was a founding member of the Wawasee Playhouse, a member of The Sounds of Florida Chorus, preformed in the Cape Coral Theatre Group and judged competition on the Stars of Tomorrow. He spent five years as an Arts and Crafts counselor at Camp Winnebago in Maine.

Joe always felt connected to his community especially his classmates of the C.C.H.S. Class of 1957 and using his writing ability and great sense of humor, published and mailed the Class of '57 Newsletters. He established the Yoder Memorial Art Scholarship which is awarded annually at the Columbia City High School with the art being placed on display at the Peabody Library.

Joe's family invites his friends, colleagues and former students to an informal Celebration of Joe's Life on Friday, June 24th at the Smith and Sons Coach Room, 205 North Main Street, Columbia City. The Celebration will be from 1 to 3 pm with a brief tribute at 2 pm.

Family members attending will be his wife, Dee; son, Michael Yoder and his wife, Lynn Hoffman of Green Bay, WS; a daughter, Shannon Berry and her husband, Richard of Salt Lake City, UT; and his three grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail and Elliott Berry will also be present to honor their Papa Joe's life.

Memorials may be made to the C.C.H.S. Alumni Association in care of the Whitley County Community Foundation.

From Joe's April 20, 2009 update: Retired school teacher but still substitute from time to time. Live with wife Dee in Cape Coral, Florida. We have two children and two grandchildren. Joe spends time singing with a chorus, and telling jokes for a tap-dancing group in Cape Coral. The Yoders enjoy free time at the beach and going on cruises.
Last Updated: 06-19-2011 Alumni ID: 13223
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