Eli J. Yoder, age 73 of 9584 S. Rodgers Avenue, Clare, MI 48617, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 in his home after a lingering illness. He was born on March 2, 1940 in Holmes Co., OH to the late Jacob J. and Sarah Yoder. On September 12, 1963 he was united in marriage to Verba C. Miller. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
In addition to his wife Verba he is survived by five sons: Allen of the home, Galen (Carol) Yoder of Loysville, PA, Willis (Mary) Yoder of Shipshewana, IN, Edward (Loretta) Yoder of Rosehill, VA and Leroy (Lydia Ann) Yoder of Clare, MI; a daughter Velma (Stephen) Slabaugh of Scottville, MI; sisters Mrs. Mary Miller of Walnut Creek, OH, Betty (Roy) Raber of West Union, OH; brothers David (Ida) Yoder of Shipshewana, IN, Jacob (Anna) Yoder of Shreve, Ohio; sister-in-law Nettie Yoder of Berlin, OH, and 26 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Paul, a brother-in-law Henry N. Miller and a grandson.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. at 7902 E. Colonville Road, Clare, MI 48617. Burial was in the Rodgers Avenue Amish Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by the Clare Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home.