William Gale “Bill” Yoder died Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Quick City, Missouri, when the tractor he was brush-hogging with overturned on him.
He was born in Quick City on February 22, 1944 to James and Maxine (Newman) Yoder, who both preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha; one daughter, Lynda Shelton and husband Marshall, and two grandchildren, Remington and Kayleigh, of Cabool, Missouri; three step-grandchildren, Nick, Rose and Tori, and one step-great-granddaughter, Aspen; one brother, James Yoder of Lenexa, Kansas; and one nephew, Josh Yoder of Kansas City, Missouri.
Bill graduated high school in Holden, Missouri. He then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in forestry and a master’s degree in entomology.
He entered the Army in 1969 and went to Germany where he was a medic specialist. During this time, he and Martha enjoyed touring Europe during his time off. He was honorably discharged in 1972.
He began working for Missouri Department of Conservation in 1972, transferring to many places until he was transferred to the George O. White State Forest in 1976 where he became the supervisor. He worked there until his retirement in 2000.
After retirement, Bill did not slow down. In fact, he became even busier. Besides being a full-time grandpa, he was also a member of the Piney River Covey of Quail Forever, Nolan R. Hutcheson National Wildlife Turkey Federation Memorial Chapter in Houston, Missouri, Big Piney Sportsman’s Club, on the board of the rural fire department, and more. He also served as a deacon, treasurer, Men’s Fellowship board member, and the adult Sunday school teacher at Licking Christian Church.
He loved watching his grandchildren grow up and watching all the sports and other activities they were involved in, and instilling his love for the outdoors in them. He loved spending time outdoors, whether that meant hunting, fishing, cutting wood or just taking care of the old homestead. If he was outdoors, he was happy. He was also a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, trying each year to make at least one home baseball game.
He always gave of himself, a person who could be counted on, willing to help others with no questions asked, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Interment was on September 9, 2013 at Medford Cemetery in Holden, Missouri, with graveside services and full military honors. There will be a memorial service Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Licking Christian Church in Licking, Missouri.