Daniel F. Yoder, 98, of Mountain Street, McAlisterville, went house to heaven on Monday, January 11, 2021, at Locust Grove Retirement Village in Mifflin.
He was born on August 16, 1922 in Allensville, the eldest son of the late Daniel L. and Elsie L. (Yoder) Yoder. On April 15, 1950, he married his spouse of 67 years, M. Lois (Diffenderfer) Yoder, who preceded him in dying on July 2, 2017.
He’s survived by his kids: Dennis and his spouse Sharon Yoder of McAlisterville; Stanley Yoder of McAlisterville; Karen and her husband Fina Williams of Mifflintown; and Andrea and her husband Barry Messimer of McAlisterville; 6 grandchildren, Dennis Yoder, Jr. and spouse Michelle from Mifflinburg; Michelle and her husband Robert Kratzer of Richfield; Jennifer and her husband Matthew Fornwalt of Mifflintown; Melanie and her husband Daryl King of Port Royal; Edward and his spouse Caitlin Messimer of McAlisterville; and Derek and spouse Katrina Messimer of McAlisterville; a grandson, Melvin Smith of McAlisterville; 14 great-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a couple of great-great-grandchildren.
He’s additionally survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph Ok. and his spouse Beverly Yoder of Allensville, a sister-in-law, Jane (Peachey) Diffenderfer of Reedsville; and several other nieces and nephews.
Along with his spouse and fogeys, he was additionally preceded in dying by a brother and sister-in-law, Marlin D. and his spouse Dorothy Yoder, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John ‘Jack’ and his spouse. Goldie Diffenderfer, Janice and her husband Harold Bowser and James Diffenderfer; a great-grandson, Dennis Yoder, III; Two grandchildren, Bobbie Smith and R. Scott Smith and one great-grandson Jeffrey Smith.
Daniel graduated in 1939 from Belleville Excessive Faculty and was the final residing member of that class. He served throughout World Battle II from 1942 to 1945 as a CPL within the Military Air Corps on the European Theater through the Battle of the Bulge as a radio operator.
He retired from farming in 1984 after which labored part-time for 26 years at Weis Markets in Mifflintown, the place he was often known as the ‘Little Soup Man’ as a result of he equipped Soup Island.
Dan was an avid reader, loved watching and feeding birds, making wine, and was a wonderful baker, holding his household and associates stocked with mooncakes, apple pies, and cookies. He beloved to journey and made many journeys across the US and Canada, in addition to three journeys to Europe together with his good associates Reno & Gail Nipple. On his first journey, he met the household he stayed with throughout WWII in Belgium and has been in touch with them ever since. He had many tales to inform about his time through the warfare and his upbringing in Allensville and Large Valley. He was the oldest residing member on each side of his household tree.
Dan loved looking journeys to Maine together with his brothers and Potter County with the ‘Blue Bus Gang’. He additionally loved visiting from the Weis Gang neighbors and beloved spending time together with his household.
He was a member of the East Salem United Methodist Church.
Their companies will probably be personal and on the comfort of the household at Allensville Presbyterian Cemetery with Pastor Dave McElwee officiating.
If associates want, memorials may be made at: East Salem United Methodist Church, 7398 Route 235, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Preparations are made by Henderson Funeral Residence, Belleville. Condolences may be provided on-line at www.henderson