BRYAN — Harry Joe Yoder, 68, Bryan, died Friday, June 28, 2019.

Harry was born in Hicksville, Ohio, April 27, 1951, the fifth of seven children to David and Lillian Yoder. Harry founded Harry Yoder Construction in 1983. Over 35 years, he became one of the most respected custom home builders in northwest Ohio.

Harry loved all things fast. During the 1980s, driving under the name Joe Yoder in the 07 car, Harry won several season championships at Baer Field Raceway. When he wasn’t racing, he was riding his motorcycle to the Arctic Circle. He enjoyed snowmobile and ski trips with friends and family. When his need for speed was satisfied, he was a veracious reader, skilled card player, and an avid hunter and fisherman. His most rewarding pastime was his four grandchildren, with whom he spoiled, when they visited, with John’s Donuts and sodas for breakfast.

Surviving Harry are his daughters, Shannon (Derek) Lentz of Waterville, Ohio, Jennifer (Dean) Yoder of Brooklyn, N.Y., Annie (Jason) Smith of Augusta, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Lillian and Benjamin Smith and Liam and Alexandra Yoder-Keyworth; his siblings, David Jr. (Rose) Yoder, Joann (Paul) Yoder, Clara (Richard) Miller, Betty (Chris) Schwartz, Ruth (Louie) Steury and Jim (Rose) Yoder.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lillian; and longtime companion, Deb Pendleton.

The family will receive friends at the Hicksville Mennonite Church on Monday from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Mennonite Church. A private burial will follow at Brown Cemetery, Bryan.

Memorial gifts may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Hicksville Mennonite Church or Grace Hospice. Online condolences may be shared at

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