1933 - 2019
Ruben J. Yoder was born April 21, 1933, in Johnson County, Kalona, Iowa, the son of John S. Jr. and Lena (Miller) Yoder. In his youth he accepted Christ and was a faithful member of the Old Order Amish Church. Ruben worked as a hired hand for many area farmers. He passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at his home in rural Kalona at the age of 86 years.
Ruben is survived by four sisters: Ida Yoder of Kalona, Anna Mae (Lester) Coblentz of Percy, Ill., Emma (Cephas) Yoder of Kalona, and Nina (William) Bontrager of Millersburg, Ind.; two brothers: Simon (Mary Susan) Yoder of Kalona and Dennis (Judith) Yoder of Kalona; two brothers-in-law: Jesse J. Yoder of Crofton, Ky. and Christy (Katie) Yoder of Burr Oak, Mich.; two stepsisters: Martha (Lonnie) Yoder of Arthur, Ill., and Elizabeth Ann (Roy) Beachy of Kalona; five stepbrothers: Edwin (Viola) Schrock of Arcada, Ill, Sam (Susie) Schrock of Tuscola, Ill., Daniel (Dena) Schrock of Cub, Ill., Jerry (Magdalena) Schrock of Kalona and Henry (Esta) Schrock of Sarasota, Fla.; 40 nieces and nephews; and great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Lydia Borntrager, Amelia Yoder, Mary Yoder and an infant; three brothers: Albert Yoder, Henry Yoder and an infant; two brothers-in-law: John M Borntrager and Willard R. Yoder; one sister-in-law: Cleola Yoder; four nieces and nephews; and three stepbrothers: David, Fred and Jacob Schrock.
The family thanks everyone for the many acts of love and kindness shown to them during this time of loss.