Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 6, 2013

John Yoder


TRAVERSE CITY — John Yoder, 57, of Traverse City, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 31, at his home.

John was born Oct. 28, 1955, to Delphine and Richard Yoder.

John spent years in institutions, then in foster care homes in northern Michigan, including the Manley AFC, Tower Hill AFC and most recently, Lincoln AFC in Cedar.

John attended Grand Traverse Industries for many years and always kept a close watch on those around him.

He is also known for some exquisite chair rearranging in his time.

John was a source of joy for those who cared for him throughout the years and will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his siblings and by his AFC family.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Please join us for a celebration of John's life on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with Pastor Justin Grimm officiating.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., with the memorial service at 2 p.m., and a luncheon afterwards.

A deep thank you is extended to those dedicated GTI staff, AFC caregivers and Community Mental Health staff who have cared for John over the years.

A thank you is also extended to the gentle helpers at Munson Hospice for the compassion shown to John and his caregivers at the end of his life.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Lutheran Social Services (who operate Lincoln AFC), 8131 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214.

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I will charge thee nothing but the promise that thee will help the next man thee finds in trouble — Mennonite Proverb