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Charles Robert Yoder
July 27, 1927 ~ November 19, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Charles Robert Yoder, 96, of Morrisonville, NY passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023, after a short period of declining health. He was born on July 27, 1927, in Elkhart, Indiana, the son of Earl and Josephine Yoder and brother to his only sibling sister, Norma Stevens.
He was known to most as just (Bob) to family and friends and lived the majority of his life in and around the Farmington NH area. Bob had suffered from polio at a young age, limiting use of his left arm which kept him from a lot of options in the workforce. However, he was known for his hard work and determination and family was always his priority and he worked in the old local shoe companies that were abundant in the mid to late 1900’s. His only reward from this kind of work was providing for his loving family. He also owned an apartment building in Farmington for many years that he purchased from his late stepfather, George Gray, formally of Farmington, NH. Along with many other side adventures he was involved in over the years.
After leaving the Indiana area at a young age, he moved to southern New Hampshire where he met his wife Ardith Ann (Knox) Yoder formally of West Ossipee, NH and they in turn built a life together with their son, Daniel S. Yoder and Sue Ann (Yoder) Bonhomme. Bob was strong in his faith as an Advent Christian and was a member of the Advent Christian Church of Farmington, NH for many years. He was known for his playing of the Saw during services in his church and always brought a smile to those who were impressed by his ability to do so. His faith was strong, along with his families and visited and attended other churches in the area spreading his warmth and well-known sense of humor. He would volunteer quite often to help out at church gatherings and functions, but not without some encouragement from his wife who was always by his side.
He spent many hours always trying to invent things, hoping to create that one thing that would hit it big and be a big seller, but always seemed to be a little behind the other guy, but it never waived his determination to try and used his spare time learning other side trades. One of which, he also enjoyed and learned to tinker with and repair clocks. A skill he learned from his well-known father-in-law, in the Ossipee Valley, Roy Knox.
Bob was a simple man and cared for his family, his community, his faith, and his church. His final years were spent in the care of his daughter, Sue, and granddaughter, Nicole, in Morrisonville, NY, and although his years were coming to an end, he always was able to produce a smile and reassure those around him things were going to be alright. A trait that made Bob the man he was in life and passed onto those he loved and cared about. Although his legacy is small in life, his lasting marks are the memories he left us forever.
He is predeceased by his wife, Ardith Ann (Knox) Yoder. He is survived by his son, Daniel S. Yoder and wife Sonja: his daughter, Sue Ann (Yoder) Bonhomme and husband Dave Bonhomme. His grandchildren, Justin, Tasha, Josh, Michelle, and Danielle, along with 6 great- grandchildren. He has one surviving sister-in-law, Arlayne E. Secord, of Winchester. He is predeceased by his sister, Norma Stevens, and survived by her son and his nephew Michael Stevens and wife, Diane of Colorado. Along with numerous other nephews and nieces.
Funeral services are planned for December 2, 2023, at 11 AM, at the CrossRoads Church, 2205 NH Route 16, West Ossipee, NH, followed by a committal in the Knox Cemetery, West Ossipee, NH.