Lewis B. Yoder

BELLEVILLE – Lewis B. Yoder, 87, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, died at 1:13 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Haven.

Born Oct. 31, 1925, in Belleville, he was the son of the late Jesse J. and Annie M. (Byler) Yoder.

Lew is survived by: a sister, Martha Yoder, of Belleville; two brothers, Joshua D. Yoder and wife, Rebecca, of Belleville, and Gideon L. Yoder, of McVeytown; six nephews; three nieces; and a number of great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Ivan Yoder, and a sister-in-law, Hazel (Rudy) Yoder.

At the age of 24, Lew moved from Belleville to LaJunta, Colo., where he served for one year with Mennonite Voluntary Service. After that, he remained in the Midwest, eventually settling in Boulder, Colo., where, academically and vocationally, he was able to pursue his lifelong love of nature, attaining degrees in biology, chemistry and psychology.

Lew was employed at Rocky Flats as a nuclear research scientist and at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, as a lab supervisor for chemistry students.

He was a member of the Unity Church of Boulder, the Rocky Flats Homesteaders and the Boulder Elks Lodge 566, Colorado. In addition, his interests included Toastmasters, various naturalist organizations, square dancing and family genealogy and history.

Lew was happy to relocate to Belleville in May 2012 and to reconnect with family in the past few months. His family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Valley View for their dedicated and loving care for Lew.

A memorial service will be held in his memory at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Valley View Haven Chapel. Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Locust Grove Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb 1, at Valley View Chapel.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Valley View Retirement Community, 4702 E. Main St., Belleville, PA 17004 or to Rocky Mountain Nature Assoc., PO Box 3100, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, 3813 W. Main St., Belleville, PA 17004.