Funeral service for Harley Jay Yoder, 82, Lawrence, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday September 1, 2009 at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. He died August 28, 2009, at Rossville Mental Health and Rehabilitation Center, Rossville, KS.
Mr. Yoder was born May 8, 1927, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Jona P. and Mary Ellen (Roth) Yoder.
He was a graduate of Liberty Memorial High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Following the service he attended the University of Kansas. He received a B.S. in Business with a accounting major from the University of Kansas in 1955. He worked as an accountant, office manager and secretary/treasurer for the Lawrence Paper Company. He also worked as controller for Reuter Organ Company.
He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Fraternity and received the Delta Sigma Pi Honorary Award his senior year at the University of Kansas. He was a past-president of the Lawrence Noon Kiwanis Club. Mr. Yoder was a lifelong member of the Lawrence Free Methodist Church where he served in many positions including building chairman for two building projects, as well as church treasurer and conference treasurer for the Great Plains Conference.
He married Cleo B. Hayes on June 22, 1947, in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Stanley J. and Stephen K. and his wife Mary Yoder, both of Lawrence, KS; seven grandchildren, Amy Johnson, Lori Jenicke, Andy Yoder, Heidi Yoder, Elizabeth Yoder, Janice Maddux, Lynn Yoder, and 10 great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Lawrence Free Methodist Church, Kansas Hospice in Topeka or to the Rossville Mental Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rossville, Kansas and sent in care of the mortuary.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com; Subject: Yoder.