Dean L. Yoder

Dean L. 
Dean L. Yoder , age 90,  passed away Monday, October 26, 2020, at his home in Warsaw,  MO. Dean was surrounded by his children and family.  He was born on September 2, 1930 in Wellman, Iowa,  the son of Roy and Irene (Slaubaugh) Yoder. On December 28, 1950, Dean married the love of his life, Velma Weaver.  They made their home in the Wellman area where Dean managed his father’s excavating business.  Dean and Velma started their family in Iowa and they were blessed with five sons and one daughter.  In 1962 the family relocated to Warsaw, MO in answer to a call of the Lord to support the ministries of Evening Shade Mennonite Church.  
 In 1968, Dean established Dean L. Yoder and Sons Excavating in Warsaw, MO. He continued as an owner/operator until the age of 80.  The grass air strip in Lincoln, MO, the access road to Warsaw High School, and the WHS football field and track are among many projects completed by Dean and his sons.  Dean and his eldest son Elwin formed a partnership in 1979, which continues to operate today.  Throughout the years, Dean L. Yoder and Sons constructed lakes, ponds, and also cleared land for local farmers.  
Dean loved the Lord, he loved his family, he loved to minister to people in the community, he loved his work, and he loved great food.  In addition to his ministries in the local church, Dean and Velma were deeply involved in a prison ministry called Gospel Echoes.  They ministered at the Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City, MO from 1974 to 2019.  Many lives were touched by this 45 year ministry.  
Dean is preceded in death by his parents, his step mother, Vera Yoder; one sister, Ruth (Yoder) King; one infant son, Jerry Lynn; and one great grandson Malachi Yoder.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Velma Yoder; one brother, Daniel Keith (Shirley) Yoder; one brother in law, John Mark King; four sons; Elwin (Coleen) Yoder of Warsaw, MO; Leon (Ellen) Yoder of Mercersburg, PA; Loren (Sheri) Yoder of Carthage, MO; LaMonte (Rachelle) Yoder of Warsaw, MO; and one daughter Sandra Yoder of Warsaw, MO.  Dean and Velma are lovingly considered as “Dad and Mom” and “Grandpa and Grandma” to countless others.  Dean is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and family and friends.
A public viewing will be held Thursday, October 29, at Reser Funeral Home from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Dean will be laid to rest at New Home Cemetery.  Due to COVID a memorial service will be planned at a later date.  
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to benefit Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry in care of Reser Funeral Home, 101 West Main Street, Warsaw, MO, 65355.