April 28, 2005: Headlines: Obituaries: COS - Tonga: Columbus Dispatch: Tonga RPCV Ralph M. Yoder dies in Ohio

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Tonga RPCV Ralph M. Yoder dies in Ohio

Tonga RPCV Ralph M. Yoder dies in Ohio

Tonga RPCV Ralph M. Yoder dies in Ohio

Ralph M. Yoder

Columbus Dispatch
Columbus, Ohio
April 28, 2005

YODER Ralph M. Yoder, age 86, of Columbus, died on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 after a brief illness. He was born July 27, 1918 in Millersburg, OH to the late Martin Luther and Emma (Baker) Yoder. Ralph is survived by his wife of 29 years, Miriam; 2 daughters, Cynthia and Rebecca, both of Columbus; 2 step-children, Catherine McMichael (Rod) Bieber of Saginaw, MI and Thomas (Joni) McMichael of Sugar Land, TX; 4 step-grandchildren; brother, Orie (Eldrith) Yoder of Medina, OH; several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Smith Yoder; brother Paul of Orrville, OH; sister, Grace Hartzler of Smithville, OH. Ralph served in WWII in the Pacific in the First Cavalry Division as a Combat Medic. He was awarded the Bronze Star and his company earned the Presidential Unit Citation for "extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy." He graduated from Kent State University and worked at Nationwide Insurance for 27 years, retiring as Manager of Life Underwriting. After retirement, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga for two years. He was a member of University Lodge 631 F.& A.M. and The Aladdin Shrine. He was an early member of Mountview Baptist Church, where he served as moderator twice. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2005 at Mountview Baptist Church, 2140 Fishinger Road, Columbus, OH 43221. Rev. Carl Brown and Rev. Kevin Snyder co-officiating. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, OH. For those who wish, contributions may be made in his memory to Mountview Baptist Church.

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