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Walter Dale Yohe


Walter Dale Yohe

Walter Dale Yohe loved America. He passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Brevard Regional Hospital in Brevard, holding his daughters, Diane and Nancie’s hands, suffering complications from a recent gallstone infection.

“Walt or Watty,” to his good friends and family, was born July 12, 1923 in Monongahela, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Martha “Mollie” Tuttle Yohe and Walter Craven Yohe, of Monongahela, Pa., and his wife, Barbara Smith Yohe, on July 2, 2001.

He is survived by his three daughters, Diane Yohe Morris, of Coral Gables, Fla., Nancie Yohe Merrill, of Atlanta, Ga., Marcia Yohe Burnham, of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; 13 grandchildren, Olivia Morris Mueller and Brittany Anne Merrill, of Dallas, Texas, Lisel Christine Morris, of Denver, Colo., Lindsay Nicole Merrill, Daniel Grayson Merrill, Tinsley Marie Elizabeth Merrill and William Harrison Merrill Jr., all of Atlanta, Mallori Joy Morris and W.A. Spencer Morris, of Miami, Fla., Jane Whitney Burnham, Sara Ashley Burnham, of Johnson City, William Peter Burnham and Anne Olivia Burnham, of Luxembourg; great-granddaughter, Liesel Joy Mueller, of Dallas; nephews, Robert Yohe and Thomas Yohe, of Orlando, Fla., and many other family cousins, son-in-laws, and loved ones.

He grew up with a strong feeling of family togetherness. The youngest of three children, he had vivid memories of how tenaciously his parents devoted their lives to training their children with a strong character, belief in God and country, and that family always comes first. His two siblings, Edward A Yohe and Evelyn Yohe Knox, preceded him in death.

During World War II, his hope was to enlist in the Navy, however he was too young. As the war came to an end, he was finally able to enlist stateside as a naval navigator on the California coastline for over two years. He trained as a navy pilot and flew many naval planes.

After the war, het entered Ohio University, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from Ohio University business school in 1949. During his years at Ohio U, he met Barbara Ann Smith from Canton, Ohio. They married Aug. 25, 1951, in Canton.

After graduation, he went to work for the Hoover Company at its headquarters in Canton/Akron. He was an integral part of Hoover’s international expansion, spending much time abroad.

In 1965 his position at the Hoover Company brought him to Miami, Fla. where they raised their three girls, Diane, Nancie and Marcia. His constant unconditional love and his support, humor, playfulness and role modeling, were the most qualities any child could ever ask for.

He chose early retirement to pursue his passion in Christian ministry. He began fundraising and then became full-time in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. They moved to Knoxville, Tenn. in 1978 to become more involved in ministry work. Along with Bill and Vonette Bright, they supported its oversea’s ministry. He not only continued to fundraise internationally, but was hands-on helping produce the “Jesus Film” and subsequently introducing it to many countries.

He attended and followed up on all of his visits. His love and concern for others throughout the world was evident to all who met him. He was truly adored. Most important in his life, after God, was family.

He was celebrating his 89th birthday this week. He resided in Lake Toxaway, for the past six years. He enjoyed Hiking, gardening, writing poetry, publishing his personal memoirs and poetry, compiling years of articles and a written manuscript for his unfinished book, “The American Dream.”

He loved reading the Bible and reciting scripture and was a counselor to many. He was an artist; drawing and painting were additional passions that kept him busy. These were his favorite things. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. His legacy lives deep in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held and noon Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Quebec.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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