YODER, CHARLES ALLEN On October 31, 2007, Charles Allen Yoder passed away at age 82 in Washington, D.C. where he had been living in the Armed Forces Retirement Home. He was born December 29, 1924, a son of Floyd and Miriam Yoder of Robinson Township formerly of Carnegie, PA. He was a boy soloist with the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Men and Boys Choir in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Carnegie High School and soon after was part of WWII as a medic in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Patton's 3rd Army and saw action in Germany, France, Czechoslovakia and Belgium where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was highly decorated with the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V for valor and two Purple Hearts. At age 79, Charles was selected by the French government to receive the French Legion of Honor. He was one of only 100 retired WWII US Soldiers to receive this, the highest honor given by France. After the war Charles graduated from Harvard University in Boston and the Harvard Business School. He had many interesting positions during his life the last one being a labor adjudicator for the State of Pennsylvania. Charles is survived by his brother Thomas O. Yoder of Bridgeville, PA and sister Miriam A. Pond and her husband Colonel Kenneth S. Pond of Wilmington, NC.; also a nephew, Kenneth C. Pond of Washington, D.C. and niece, Kendall Pond Williams and husband William and their daughters Emilia and Ava of Wilmington, NC. Also surviving him are many cousins. A memorial service will be held November 15, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Carnegie with interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Atonement, Carnegie, PA. Arrangements by HENNEY, BRADWELL & NIRELLA FUNERAL HOME, Carnegie. Send condolences at post-gazette.com/gb
Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 11/11/2007.