Evan Wayne Yoder, 80, of Kokomo passed away peacefully Friday, May 14, 2021, surrounded by family. He was born May 12, 1941, in Berne to Denver and Vernelle (Sprunger) Yoder. He was married September 5, 1964, to Janet Sue Brown.
He was a 1959 graduate of Adams Central High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1966 and his master’s degree in engineering in 1971, both from Purdue University. He was also licensed by the state of Indiana as a professional engineer. In 1997, he retired from Delco Electronics after 34 years of service.
He was a loving husband and father and a member of Bible Baptist Church in Kokomo. He also served many years at Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church as a Sunday school teacher and a leader of the Grace Brethren boys ministry. He was a private pilot at Glendale Airport and especially enjoyed taking kids on their first plane ride. He had a passion for developing safety improvements in the aviation industry, and he founded the Aviation Safety Initiative of Indiana. He also enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and photography.
He is survived by his wife; five children, Don (Deeda) Yoder; Valerie (Darwin) Parman; Rhonda (Phil) Peugh; David (Amy) Yoder; and Ryan (Courtney) Yoder; 16 grandchildren, Jo Lyn (Jonathan) Morgan; Janelle (Shane) Smith; Jacie Yoder; Camden Parman; Tylan Parman; Shravan Parman; Lathan Parman; Weston Parman; Manny Parman; Sydney Peugh; Erin Peugh; Sara Peugh; Eli Yoder; Jase Yoder; Adalyn Yoder; and Jameson Yoder; five siblings, Joye (Denver) Thompson; Steve (Karen) Yoder; Joan (Rodney) Leichty; Ed (Mary) Yoder; and Gary (Connie) Yoder; along with many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church, 2635 S. Dixon Rd., Kokomo and one hour prior to the 1 p.m. funeral service Wednesday, May 19 at Berne Evangelical Church, 5481S 450W, Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Craig Thompson. Burial will be at Berne Evangelical Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bible Baptist Church Missionary Fund or Wycliffe Associates, P.O. Box 620368 Orlando, FL 32862-0368.
Arrangements provided by Stout & Son Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.stoutandson.com.