Duane L. Yoder

September 30, 1934 ‒ September 29, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

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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  • Beth and Scott. Please accept my sympathy regarding your Dads death. He was one of my best friends from the many years that we worked together at Madison. He always set the highest standards professionally and personally. His priorities were always about students and staff. He was so proud of the both of you. His smile, positive attitude, and leadership were the indicators of his character. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Scott and Beth, my condolences on the death of your dad, a great friend of my parents and family. Your parents are fondly remembered by all the Firestone family.

  • Beth and Scott, my condolences on the death of your dad. Duane and I had a good visit earlier last week. We talked about the great times we had. He will be missed.

  • Sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. I enjoyed working with him during his brief time at Clear Fork.

  • My sincere sympathy to the children and grandchildren of Duane. I’m sure he was a very good father and grandfather. My late husband and I both went to school with him. My late husband and I owned the “Grist Mill” at the Loudonville Fair where we enjoyed visiting with him and all of his family. Twila Gray

  • Virginia and I met Duane in Florida this last winter and we became good friends. We realized from our first meeting what wonderful man he was. It was as though we had been friends all of our lives. He was a true gentleman and we enjoyed his company so much. We extend our deepest sympathies to Duanes’ family and friends and may GOD be comforting you through this period.
    Fred Brautigan
    McMechen, WV

  • My sympathies go out to you in the death of your father. He was a long time friend of Herb and me through the Madison Education S;ystem.

  • We were sorry to read the sad news of Duane’s passing. I (Jeanette Whitmore) was in Ashland College when Duane was, and remember him as a super nice guy and a friend to everyone. My good friend BeBee Chesrown (also from Loudonville) already knew Duane, and probably helped me to get to know him–and also Janet. In later years Tom and I saw Duane a few times around Wooster and Ashland, and it was always fun to talk with him again. We hope that good memories will help his family through this sad time. Duane was a great guy with a life well lived.

  • Scott and family,
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. I will always remember him as very good man and a great leader at Madison.

  • I remember Duane at Ashland College in the early fifties as a fun loving person and a good person to know!