Sunday, October 29, 2023
2:00 - 4:00pm (Central time)
Monday, October 30, 2023
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
Ronald L. Yoder, also affectionately known as Tex, passed away on October 22, 2023. He was born on December 17, 1933 in Jet, Oklahoma. Throughout his life, Ron touched the lives of many with his genuine smile and infectious sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Ron's love for his family was evident in the cherished memories they created together. Family ski trips and summer vacations to Colorado were moments filled with laughter and joy. Ron's presence brought warmth and happiness to those around him. He had a way with words and often shared his wisdom through memorable quotes such as "Have a good day today and a better one tomorrow," and when asked how he was doing he would often respond with "Darn near perfect" or "Fine, never better." He often claimed “I’m busier than a cat on a hot tin roof!”
Ron's professional journey spanned over six decades in the life insurance and investment business. One of his greatest accomplishments was passing along his passion for common-sense finance to those around him. With unwavering dedication, he helped numerous clients achieve their financial and estate planning goals. His expertise led him to become a Chartered Life Underwriter, earning several company awards throughout his career. Ron's commitment to helping others was recognized when he became a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, solidifying his legacy as an exceptional financial professional. After 47 years with New England Financial, he co-founded Yoder Financial Group with son, Jeff. Yoder Financial Group is a thriving independent financial service company that allowed him to continue supporting his clients' financial needs even into his final months.
Beyond his successful career, Ron also found joy in the cattle business for over 50 years.
Known for never meeting a stranger, Ron possessed an incredible gift for making friends wherever he went. His humble nature and ability to not take himself too seriously endeared him to many. Ron embraced his mistakes and saw them as valuable learning experiences, always striving to grow and improve. He radiated positivity and had a perpetual upbeat attitude that brightened the lives of those around him. Ron's laughter filled the room, leaving an indelible mark on anyone fortunate enough to share in his company. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart, and he took immense pride in each one of them.
Cooking ribs and mountain oysters (claiming it was chicken), playing tennis, and eagerly trying the latest exercise or diet program were some of Ron's favorite pastimes. His dedication to health and wellness was admirable, as was his unwavering support for sports. A devoted fan of KU basketball, he never missed a game. In recent years, Ron also became a loyal fan of KU football. He also faithfully attended WSU basketball games for many years. Couples bridge nights, fishing trips, and hunting adventures provided him with cherished memories that will be forever treasured.
Ron's proudest accomplishment lay in raising four independent children, all of whom graduated from KU. While he didn't have the opportunity to pursue higher education himself, Ron possessed a master's degree in people skills.
Ronald L. Yoder is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lola "Dink" Yoder. Together they built a life filled with love, laughter, and shared experiences. Their bond served as an inspiration to all who witnessed it.
In addition to Dink, Ron leaves behind his children, Christopher Yoder (Jennifer), Jeffrey Yoder (Nancy), Julie Degner (Tim), and Amy Bone (David), and sister, Doris Selley. His legacy will continue through his grandchildren Jeffrey Yoder II, Cody Degner, Cooper Degner, Lauren Bone, and Christian Bone. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Eva Yoder; sisters, Alma, Odena, Donita, Evelyn, and Joan; and brothers, Phil and Robert.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, October 29, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Cozine Life Events Center. A funeral service will take place on Monday, October 30, at 10:30 am, also at the Cozine Life Events Center.
A memorial has been established with the Wichita Children's Home, 7271 E. 37th St. N., Wichita, KS 67226.
As we bid farewell, let us remember Ron's zest for life and his unwavering commitment to helping others. His legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. May he rest in eternal peace.
John 11:25-26 (NIV) Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"