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On a fateful Saturday, November 25, 2023, the tight-knit community of Stone Creek was struck by an unexpected tragedy. Austin Yoder, a vibrant 14-year-old with an infectious passion for tractor pulls and cow shows, passed away. Born to Leon and Amy Yoder, Austin was a beloved member of his community, actively involved in various organizations and cherished by his family and friends.
As the community mourns this devastating loss, they gather to remember Austin’s remarkable life. From his involvement in the Progress Valley Grange and Ridgewood FFA to his unwavering dedication to the Salem Evans Creek Lutheran Church, Austin’s impact was felt far and wide. His memory will forever be cherished by his mother, grandparents, cousins, and countless others who were touched by his presence.
Join us as we pay tribute to Austin Yoder, a young soul who lived life to the fullest and left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him.
Austin Yoder Obituary
Austin Yoder, a beloved member of the Stone Creek community, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 25, 2023. His untimely death has left a void in the hearts of his family, friends, and all those who knew him. Austin’s vibrant spirit and passion for life will be deeply missed.
Death and Background
Austin was born on October 30, 2009, in Dover, Ohio, to his loving parents, Leon Yoder and Amy Mizer Yoder. Tragically, Austin’s life was cut short at the young age of 14. His sudden passing has left his family and community in shock and mourning. While we may never fully understand why such a bright light was taken from us, we can find solace in the memories we shared with Austin.
Education and Community Involvement
Austin was a student at Ridgewood High School in West Lafayette, where he was known for his dedication to his studies and involvement in various extracurricular activities. He was an active member of the Progress Valley Grange, Ridgewood FFA, and the Progress Livestock 4-H Club. Austin’s commitment to his community extended beyond the classroom, as he was also an active member of the Salem Evans Creek Lutheran Church in Stone Creek. He had a true passion for tractor pulls and cow shows, which brought him immense joy and fulfillment.
Family and Loved Ones
Austin’s passing has left a void in the lives of his loved ones. He is survived by his mother, Amy, and his grandfather, David Mizer, both of Stone Creek. Austin also leaves behind his cousin, Cameron Mizer, and his uncles, aunts, and cousins who will forever cherish his memory. While Austin’s grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousin have passed away before him, their love and influence on his life will always be remembered.
During this difficult time, the Yoder family is grateful for the support and assistance they have received from the Baltic Fire and Rescue team. Their skilled help has been invaluable in navigating this tragic loss. In honor of Austin’s memory, memorial donations can be sent to the Ridgewood FFA Alumni at 602 Johnson Street, West Lafayette, OH 43845.
The funeral arrangements for Austin Yoder have been made to honor his life and provide an opportunity for family, friends, and community members to come together to remember and celebrate his legacy. The following details have been organized to ensure a meaningful and respectful farewell.
The funeral service for Austin will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. at the Salem Evans Creek Lutheran Church. Pastor Cathy Ammlung will officiate the service, guiding attendees through a heartfelt ceremony that pays tribute to Austin’s life and the impact he had on those around him. The service will be a time for reflection, remembrance, and finding solace in the memories shared with Austin.
Following the service, Austin will be laid to rest at the Evans Creek Cemetery. This final resting place will serve as a peaceful location where loved ones can visit and pay their respects to Austin, keeping his memory alive for years to come.
Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for friends and loved ones to visit and offer their condolences to the Yoder family. On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, the Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek will be open from 4-8 p.m. for visitation. This will provide a supportive environment for individuals to come together, share stories, and provide comfort to one another during this difficult time.
Additionally, on the day of the funeral, Thursday, November 30, 2023, the Salem Evans Creek Lutheran Church will open its doors for visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This will allow those who were unable to attend the previous visitation to pay their respects and offer their support to the Yoder family before the funeral service begins.
During these visitation periods, it is important to approach the Yoder family with empathy, compassion, and understanding. They are grieving the loss of their beloved Austin and will greatly appreciate the presence and support of those who knew and loved him.
In memory of Austin Yoder, the Yoder family kindly requests that memorial donations be made to honor his life and continue his legacy. These donations will support causes and organizations that were close to Austin’s heart, reflecting his passions and values.
One meaningful way to contribute is by sending memorial donations to the Ridgewood FFA Alumni. Austin was an active member of the Ridgewood FFA, an organization that promotes agricultural education and leadership development among students. By supporting the Ridgewood FFA Alumni, you will be helping to provide opportunities for future students to pursue their interests in agriculture and make a positive impact in their communities.
If you wish to make a memorial donation, please send it to the following address:
Ridgewood FFA Alumni
602 Johnson Street
West Lafayette, OH 43845
Your generous contribution will not only honor Austin’s memory but also make a difference in the lives of young individuals who share his passion for agriculture and community involvement. The Yoder family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time.
We are deeply saddened to share the obituary of Austin Yoder, a beloved member of the Stone Creek community. Austin, a 14-year-old student at Ridgewood High School, passed away unexpectedly on November 25, 2023. He was a passionate member of various organizations, including the Progress Valley Grange, Ridgewood FFA, and Progress Livestock 4-H Club. Austin’s love for tractor pulls and cow shows was unmatched.
Austin is survived by his parents, Leon Yoder and Amy Yoder, as well as his grandfather, David Mizer. He will be dearly missed by his extended family, including his cousins, uncles, aunts, and many others. We mourn the loss of Austin, along with the family members who preceded him in death.
Austin’s funeral services will be held on November 30, 2023, at Salem Evans Creek Lutheran Church, with burial at Evans Creek Cemetery. Friends and well-wishers can pay their respects at the Smith-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek on November 29, 2023. The family appreciates the support and assistance provided by the Baltic Fire and Rescue team.
In memory of Austin, memorial donations can be made to the Ridgewood FFA Alumni. Let us remember Austin for the vibrant life he lived and the love he shared. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.