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Keith Edward Yoder, DDS

Keith Yoder, 78, was born on a farm in Elkhart County, Indiana in 1936 to Lowell and Thelma Yoder. He died on January 5, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. His elementary education was in a one-room schoolhouse taught by his great uncle and he went to Wakarusa High School. Following graduation from Goshen College in 1958 he attended Indiana University School of Dentistry graduating in 1963. He married Karen Masbaum in 1964. They have four children: David Yoder, Rome, Italy; Jonathan Yoder (Holly White), Palouse, WA, Benjamin Yoder, Fort Wayne, and Sara Yoder (Daniel Claphan) Bonners Ferry, ID. There are eight grandchildren. Keith's two brothers are Kermit (Sharon) Yoder and Kenneth (Susan) Yoder.

In 1973, after practicing dentistry for ten years in Goshen, IN, Keith and Karen moved with their four kids to Tanzania where Keith was a volunteer dentist with an international relief organization; Mennonite Central Committee. He was the Dental Director of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and regional director of the East African Flying Doctors' Dental Services. The family returned to the USA in 1978 and settled in Fort Wayne, where Keith established a private dental practice that is now Yoder Rahrig Family Dentistry.

He was a past president of Isaac Knapp District Dental Society (IKDDS), an Honor Dentist of Indiana Dental Association selected by IKDDS, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and was named Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Mitch Daniels. He was a long-time volunteer for Matthew 25 Dental Clinic and member of the Board of Directors of the Community Dental Clinic in northern Indiana, which was established to serve the Amish community. He was an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis.

Keith valued his Mennonite heritage and enjoyed studying genealogy. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was treasured and will be remembered with love and gratitude.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Rhinehart Recital Hall in the Rhinehart Music Center, at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 E Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Memorials may be made to Matthew 25 Dental Clinic.