WILLIAMSBURG - Arlin David Yoder, 80, of Williamsburg IA, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at the Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.
Arlin was born November 7, 1937 in Washington IA, to Oren and Mary Kate (Blosser) Yoder. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou, of Williamsburg; two sons, Douglas (Leann), Pryor OK, and Kevin (Rebecca), Cedar Rapids IA, as well as by five grandchildren, Christina (Stephen) Arruda, Laura (Chris) Paul, Nathan (Katherine) Yoder, Leah (Jon) Arnold, Zach (Rachel) Yoder; nine great grandchildren; two brothers Eldon (Phyllis) Yoder, Wellman IA, Darvin (Martha) Yoder, Wellman IA, and a sister Aldeen (Eugene) Wenger, Harrisonburg, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and two great grandsons Noah and Simon.
Arlin and Mary Lou were Missionaries in Brazil for 15 years with Mennonite Mission Network. He pastored churches in Missouri, Arkansas, Brazil, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. Arlin's missionary work was highlighted by helping with the construction of the Menno Simons School in Araguacema, leadership of the Mennonite Youth Camps, serving as Treasurer for the Association of Evangelical Mennonite Churches and construction of the Mennonite Church sanctuaries in Sao Carlos and Jundiai.
Later in life, he drove motor coach for Kincaid, Wichita KS, and Windstar, Carroll IA.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, January 8, 2018 at the West Union Mennonite Church in rural Parnell. Pastor Marcia Yoder-Schrock will officiate. Burial will be in the West Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-6 PM on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg. Memorial gifts may be given to Mennonite Central Committee or Association of Mennonite Benevolence (AMB), which promotes dignity and Life in Jesus. (Brazil).
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I remember Arlin and Mary Lou from my time in Araguacema and visiting in their home. May God comfort his family.
Arlin was principal and my teacher when I was in grade school in Culp, Arkansas. My prayers are with Mary Lou and entire family.
Arlin was always a kind man who I looked up to and felt I could trust. I was always mesmerized by his stories of being in Brazil. I don't know which of us enjoyed the storytelling time more me or him. I just know I was always excited to hear them. I know how much he loved the Lord and that is comfort. Mary Lou, Doug, and Kevin I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time. Beverly Smith Moudy
Mary Lou and family - our hearts were heavy when we heard of Arlin's passing. He was a wonderful person and we enjoyed our times spent with you. We will hold you all in prayer. Our deepest sympathy - Pat and Lois O'Rourke
Aunt Mary Lou and Family, We are sorry for your loss. Jimmy and I both remember Uncle Arlin's laugh. He will be missed. Jacob enjoyed being with Uncle Arlin and all his brothers over Thanksgiving 2016. Jennifer and Family in Virginia
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