August 22, 1944 -- June 5, 2016

Melvin N. Yoder, 71, of Goshen, died at 12:06 am on Sunday, June 5, at his
residence, after a three year battle with cancer. He was born on August 22,
1944 in Sugarcreek, OH, to Noah and Emma (Pfiester) Yoder. On September
9,  1967 in Walnut Creek, OH, he married Martha Beachey, she died Jan. 20,
1999. On March 4, 2000 in Topeka, he married Joan Bontrager, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Michelle (Lonnie) Bontrager
of Millersburg; a son, Michael (Brenda) Yoder of Millersburg; four
grandchildren, Ethan and Isaac Bontrager and Seth and Maddy Yoder; a
sister, Edna Yoder of Sugarcreek, OH; four brothers, Lester Yoder of
Sugarcreek, OH, Nelson (Ida) Yoder of Beach City, OH, Robert (Nora) Yoder of
Sarasota, FL, Mervin (Denise) Yoder of Akron, OH. He was preceded in death
by his first wife, parents, a brother, John Henry Yoder, an infant sister, Esther
Yoder. He was a member of Maple City Chapel. Mel worked for Forest River
and had been enjoying winters in Florida since 2007. He was happiest when
he was serving others. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday,
June 7 and 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Wednesday, June 8 at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. There will be one hour of visitation
prior to the 11:00 am funeral service on Thursday, June 9 at Maple City
Chapel, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Pastors Mel Shetler and Gary
Miller. A private family burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka.
Memorials may be given to Water for Life or IU Health Goshen Center for
Cancer Care.                                  

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With heartfelt sympathy we lift everyone in prayer. That Jesus will wrap you
in His loving arms and give you a comfort that surpasses all understanding.
Your journey has been long and each of you have endured what seems
impossible yet you have walked with joy and reflected the love of Jesus. That
is a beautiful testimony to your families. Mel never lost his smile or wit or
charm. And though crossing from the life we know to eternity is not easy for
those still here I am sure that He was met by the King of kings. He was
greeted with Well done my good and faithful servant. And now He sits in the
very presence of God. At the very feet of Jesus and with our comforter the
Holy Spirit. What a glorious day for Him to receive the promise that he lived
for and believed in. We love you all so very much.
From: Love Merv and Denise Yoder
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Joan, we are so sorry for the departure of Melvin.  We are delighted for the
years you had together.  God grant you grace as you adjust to a new life.  We
are sorry for not  being able to be at the visitation, we are in Israel with our
daughter  and her family of 4 and her husband.
From: Leroy and Esther Cross
Melvin N. Yoder