Cecil Deon Yoder was born July 29, 1949, in Williamsburg, Iowa, to Maynard and Marvel (Kinsinger) Yoder. When he was 4 years old, the family moved to Warsaw, Missouri. Cecil graduated from Warsaw High School in 1967 and continued his education at Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska. While attending college, Cecil met Nancy Tindall and the couple were united in marriage on May 12, 1972, in Sioux City, Iowa. Cecil and Nancy returned to Le Mars and he began farming with his in-laws, Stanley and Lois Tindall in Washington Township.
Cecil loved many things; farming, reading, history, telling stories, and his church family. But two things would be at the top of his list of the things he loved. One would be his family; he thoroughly enjoyed precious times with them. The other would be his great love for God and His Word, the Bible. He loved to study and teach God’s word. His love for the Bible often led him to give financially so that people who do not have a Bible could get them, and that is how he wished memorials to be used.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Nancy Yoder of Le Mars; 4 children: a son Jeremy Yoder and his wife Sarah of Sioux Falls, S.D., and their children Raquel, David, and Luke; a daughter Christie Dougherty and her husband Andy of Le Mars and their children Elijah, Jude, and Titus; a daughter Cherie Martin and her husband Jon of Jacksonville, N.C.; and a daughter Kala Long and her husband Jeremy of North Platte, Neb. Survivors also include a sister Marcella (Kent) Keltner of Galena, Mo.; a brother Phillip (Sheila) Yoder of Warsaw, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Lois Tindall of Le Mars; in-laws: Barb and Bill Widman of Salix, Iowa, and Bev and Paul Lindsay of Wolverhampton, England; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Marvel (Kinsinger) Yoder; and his father-in-law, Stanley Tindall.