Perry E. Yoder, former CEO of Carriage Inc., died this morning (Sept. 10) at his home in Goshen, Ind., after a 10-month illness. He was 71.
Besides heading Millersburg, Ind.-based Carriage, Yoder was founder and owner of Maple Leaf Inc. from 1970 to 1979 and president of L&W Engineering until his retirement in 2007, though still serving on its board. He served on the board and as a past president of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) and was co-chair and committee member of the Midwest RV Show when it was held in South Bend.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Ann; two children, Allan W. Yoder and Holly Yoder, both of Goshen; four sisters; and one brother.
Yoder was an active member of North Goshen Mennonite Church serving as treasurer and on the Stewardship Commission. He was also a member of Maplecrest Country Club and a member and past president of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club . He raced motorcycles professionally until 1969 and won two state championships.
Friends may call 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday (Sept. 12) at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at North Goshen Mennonite Church with Pastor Dean Linsenmeyer and family friend Pastor Mel Shetler of Maple City Chapel officiating. A private burial will be held in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Goshen Mennonite Church or to the Nappanee Boys & Girls Club.