Edison K. Yoder, 100, of Englewood, Ohio, and formerly of Pompano, Florida, passed away Saturday April 4, 2009, at Grace Brethren Village in Dayton, Ohio.
Yoder was born in West Liberty, Ohio, on January 29, 1909, to Jonas D. and Ida B. (Weber) Yoder. A tool maker by trade, he was the founder & former owner of Yoder Die Casting, retiring in 1954. Edison was a member of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
He was affiliated with the Grace Brethren Church for more than 30 years, serving on the board of the Brethren Home Mission Council from August 20, 1958 to March 1, 1976. He was also a strong supporter of the Navajo Indian Mission in Counselor, New Mexico.
Yoder was a master builder of scale-model live steam railroad engines, life member of the Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society, charter member of both the Florida Live Steamers and the Mid-South Live Steam Association. He was also an avid pilot, logging more than 3400 hours of air time.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Shirley Ann and his four brothers, Stanley, Howard, J.B. and Karl. He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 76 years, Verda L. (Scheffel) Yoder; two daughters and sons-in-law, Luci & M.C. Jeffries, Linda & Robert Schwenke; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald F. & Barbara Yoder, Edison K. Yoder, Jr. and fiancée Vicki Eddy; numerous grandchildren, great and great –great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A private funeral service will be followed by a memorial service at a later date. Interment will be at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Grace Brethren Village, 1010 Taywood Road, Englewood, OH 45322 or the charity of your choice.