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.