Yoder, Arthur Jacob

Date: Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
St. Clair DARE Program


Arthur J. Yoder of Washington, MO, formerly of White Hall, IL, departed this life in Washington on February 8, 2011, having reached the age of eighty-six years, eleven months and twenty-four days. Arthur was born in West Liberty, IA on February 15, 1924, son of Jacob J. Yoder and Mattie Yoder nee Miller. In 1944 he was united in marriage to Beatrice Perrin and was blessed with four children. In 1972 he was united in marriage to Opal Ackerman and their families were joined as one.

Arthur is survived by three sons, Tom Yoder and wife, Gloria, of St. Clair, C. H. “Bud” Yoder and wife, Carolyn, of Indianapolis, IN and Robert Yoder of Sullivan, MO; by one daughter, Terri Sands of Union, MO; by nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Mattie Yoder; by his wife, Opal Yoder; by his former wife, Beatrice Yoder; by two brothers, Clifford Yoder and Richard Yoder; by three sisters, Esther Speas, Leota Lee and Elsie Miller; by one grandson, Ryan Yoder; and by two great-grandchildren, Devin and Tesa Yoder.

Arthur was a Christian of the Baptist faith. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during World War II entering on May 7, 1945 and receiving his honorable discharge on July 15, 1946. During his working years, he was employed as a painter for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, retiring after thirty years. He was also a retiree of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, Local 837 of St. Louis. Arthur enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life, but doing woodworking projects was his passion. He also enjoyed gardening and traveling with his wife. Above all else, his favorite pastime was spending time with his family and many wonderful memories have been created.

A kind and loving father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great and great-great uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Friday, February 11, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Roger Johnson officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Crestview Memorial Park in St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to St. Clair DARE Program.