Ruth M. Yoder, 93, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Elkhart General Hospital.
She was born Feb. 3, 1928, to Fred O. and Mary Louise (Mays) Hepler. Ruth attended Becknell School and Etna Green High School, graduating in 1946.
Ruth married Merlin E. Yoder on May 3, 1947. In 2021, they celebrated 74 years of marriage.
Merlin survives, along with five children, Dennis (Diana) Yoder, Donald (Karen) Yoder, Dian Yoder, Dallas (Kay) Yoder and Darrell (Klaudia) Yoder; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; brother Russell (Ardala) Hepler; and sisters-in-law Marjorie Hepler and Marlene Hepler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Cami Yoder; sisters Florence Fleck and Donnabelle Monhaut; brothers Jim, Eldon, Allen, Bill and Richard Hepler; sisters-in-law Dorothy and Jane Hepler; and brothers-in-law Dick Fleck and Edward Monhaut.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 7, from 4-8 p.m. at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m., also at the funeral home. Ruth’s brother, Russell Hepler, will officiate. Burial will follow at Hepton Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation.