Vernon T. Yoder

{April 21, 1925 - May 28, 2014}

Vernon Titus Yoder, 89, of Memphis died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his home.

He was born the son of John Miller and Nannie (Hershey) Yoder on April 21, 1925 in Cherry Box, MO.

Vernon served in the United States Navy from 1944-47.

He married the former Dotolene Fetters on October 28, 1947 in Peoria, IL. She survives.

The Yoders settled in Peoria, IL, where Vernon worked as a bookkeeper at Schwabs Dairy from 1947-55. They then moved to Arbela where they owned Yoder’s Trading Post until 1961 when they moved to Memphis and Vernon started working as a teller at the Farmers and Merchants Bank. In 1971 he went to work as a loan officer at the Mercantile Bank, from where he retired as the Executive Vice President in 1989.

In retirement, Vernon and Dottie became snowbirds, spending 17 winters in Florida.

Vernon was a member of the Memphis United Methodist Church, the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis, and was a 50 year member of the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 A.F. & A.M.

In his free time, Vernon enjoyed golfing, gardening, playing cards with friends, and antiquing. He often assisted people in filing their income tax statements and clerked at auctions. He especially liked spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary and Barbara; four brothers, Paul, Jonas, Daniel and Jesse; four sisters-in-law, Audrey and Anna Mae Yoder, Dorothy Fetters Hayes, and Marilyn Fetters; three brothers-in-law, Aaron Nice, David Hathaway, and Ray Hayes.

He is survived by his wife, Dotolene of the home; daughters Sally (Tom) Barickman of Keosauqua, IA and LaDonna (Dennis) Baker of Memphis; granddaughters, Olivia “Shane” (Travis) Hanselman of Winterset, Iowa and Jessica (Patrick) Mutchler of Sanford, NC; grandsons, Casey Barickman of Pontotoc, MS and Ryan Baker of Memphis; great grandchildren, Hagan, Hugo, Geona and GiGi Hanselman, Carly Barickman, and Taryn, Liam and Ava Mutchler; sisters-in-law, Kathryn and Helen Yoder; brother-in-law, Bob Fetters; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at the Memphis United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Memphis Cemetery.

Visitation is from noon until 8 p.m., Friday, May 30 at the Gerth Funeral Home in Memphis with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.

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11 comments

  1. The Yoder family has always meant so much to our family. Don’t ever remember Vernon without a smile. He had so many friends who are really going to miss him.

    Deepest sympathy to his family.

    Comment by Jack, Darlene & Shelly Chapman on May 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm
  2. Dottie, Sally, LaDonna & all of Vernons family…I know there is nothing I can say or do to help your hearts feel better right now…just please know you are all in my thoughts & prayers…we have another angel…believe me, they are our Guardians… R.I.P. Vernon Titus

    Comment by Vicki (Orf) Long on May 29, 2014 at 12:18 am
  3. Our deepest condolences to Dottie and the entire Yoder family at the loss of Vernon. We have so many fond memories of our time in Florida and of visiting at your home on several occasions. Vern always liked to play cards, and he was instrumental in acquiring a bright pink card table for our “Pitch” games in Florida. He liked to snack and play. His sense of humor was second to none, and he occasionally played a nickel for a quarter in a poker game, to see if anyone would notice! Such fun we had! Rest in peace, Vernon T. Yoder, and peace to those he loved.

    Comment by Sandra and Steve Mills on May 30, 2014 at 2:42 am
  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. Vernon was always fun to be around. We’ll all miss him.

    Comment by Mary Dieterich on May 30, 2014 at 3:43 am
  5. Vernon was a great friend as is Dottie. We had many good times in Florida and his home in Memphis. We were always glad to welcome them to our home in Quincy. He loved to go to the boat, and playing cards. His sense of humor was second to none. God Bless and welcome him. Our hearts go out to Dottie and family.

    Comment by Bill & Sandy Mast on May 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  6. LaDonna and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I send my deepest sympathy and I have asked God to watch over all of you and bring you peace as you mourn the loss of your Dad.

    Comment by Pam Witherow on May 31, 2014 at 12:46 am
  7. Dottie and Girls , Just want you to know how special your Dad and Mother was to Me and my family and Can never thank them enough for all they did for us. Will miss Vernon he was a special person and a lot of people will miss him. Keeping you in our prayer. Arlene

    Comment by Larry and Arlene Carlin on May 31, 2014 at 3:12 pm
  8. Sorry for the loss of Vernon to the whole family, we are old friends and remember many past times of joy and happiness spent together.

    Comment by Sam, Ivalee, Connie Crawford on May 31, 2014 at 5:56 pm
  9. sorry for the loss of Vernon to the whole family, we are old friends and remember many past times of joy and happiness together

    Comment by Sam, Ivalee, Connie Crawford on May 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm
  10. from the yoder’s , nice’s wec will miss you Vernon t. yoder

    Comment by merlyn keith yoderr on May 31, 2014 at 10:30 pm
  11. So sorry to hear of Vernon’s passing. God be with you in your grief.

    Comment by Bill & Deb (Ferguson) Herring on June 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm