Duane L. Yoder
September 30, 1934 ‒ September 29, 2017
LEXINGTON: Duane L. Yoder went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 29, 2017 from Brethren Care Center in Ashland following a short illness, one day shy of his 83 birthday.
Duane was born September 30, 1934 in Massillon, Ohio the son of Gordon and Ila (Hess) Yoder, his family moved to Loudonville where he was graduated from Loudonville High School in 1952. Duane earned his Bachelor’s in Education from Ashland College, and he also attended Bowling Green where he completed his Master’s degree.
In high school he met Janet Rosser, a cheerleader, who became his wife on December 17, 1955. She preceded him in death in 2012.
Athletic, Duane was a born competitor playing in all four sports in high school and in college. He continued his love of sports implementing the first football team at Milan High School in 1956. His dedication to athletics was reflected more recently as he served on the Board of Directors of the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame. Duane was honored to have been inducted into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame October 15, 2016.
A lifelong educator, Duane started his career as a teacher and coach and retired from administration. He served Wooster High School as Assistant Principal from 1965-1968. He and his family moved to the Mansfield area shortly thereafter, where Duane was the Principal at Madison Comprehensive High School for 13 years. He finished the last three years of his tenure there as Assistant Superintendent, retiring in 1985.
Duane also served as Director of the Mansfield Richland County Convention Center where he was instrumental in starting the Miss Ohio Festival. He was President of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and was proud to have helped set up the ongoing Balloon Fest.
An active member of Grace Evangelical Free Church of Mansfield, he was also a member of the Elks.
A sportsman, Duane enjoyed camping and boating with his family and all the neighborhood kids.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Scott Yoder & Beth Schneck of Freehold, NY; daughter and son-in-law Beth & Doug Eifert of Vandalia; twin granddaughters Lauren Eifert and Caroline Eifert, grandson Matthew Eifert; a sister Beverly Wickham of Loudonville, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Kenneth & Vicki Rosser of Ashland; along with cherished nieces and nephews.
His sister, Shirley Snyder, along with his parents and beloved wife preceded him in death.
The Yoder family will receive friends Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 10am-12pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will follow at 12 pm. Pastor Dennis Nezrick and Elder Morris Hill will officiate. A private burial will be in Loudonville Cemetery.
Contributions in Duane’s memory to The Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame, Bill Mills Scholarship Fund or Pathways Hospice in Ashland may be made through the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Yoder family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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