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Alan David Yoder, formerly of Selinsgrove and Middleburg, passed away from complications due to Parkinson's disease on Nov. 3, 2017, at the Scranton Health Center, Scranton.
Alan was born on Christmas Eve, 1934 in Middleburg, and was a 1952 graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School. He was also a 1956 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in dairy science. In addition, he was a veteran of the Army and the Army Reserves.
He subsequently worked as a milk tester and dairy/Christmas tree farmer and in retail at Central Tractor before his career as a residential service aide at Selinsgrove Center. He retired in 2002.
A man of many interests, he was an accomplished league and local tournament bowler, a voracious reader, an avid fisherman, and lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State Nittany Lions. He also was a long-time member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, and was a long-standing member of the church choir. On top of all of these interests, he was also known for his particular affinity for ketchup.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Orpha Peachey, formerly of Belleville; his son, Dr. Michael Yoder and his daughter-in-law, Bonnie Jo, of Clarks Summit; and two granddaughters, Ellery and Anniston. He is also survived by his brother Ira Yoder Jr. and sister-in-law Gene, formerly of Moreno Valley, Calif., and his sister, Ruth DeLong and brother-in-law, Ron, formerly of Milton; he is also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Ira L. Yoder and Sarah Herbein, of Selinsgrove; and his sister and brother-in-law, Sara Sharadin and Dr. Harold Sharadin, of McClure.
A memorial gathering and dinner for family and friends will be held in the spring at Salem Lutheran Church, the date and time to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to Salem Lutheran Church, 899 Salem Road, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.
Published on November 7, 2017
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