Frank Toy Yoder, 81, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Hurricane, Utah, from pancreatic cancer.
Frank was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the first of four children of Frank Toy and Maude Lavina Kustaborder. Frank’s parents passed away while he was young, and he and his three siblings went to live in the Methodist children’s village in Michigan. At age 15, he and his siblings went to live at Welcome House in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Upon graduating from high school, he joined the United States Coast Guard in 1954. Frank married the love of his life, Kathryn Steinhauer of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, on April 6, 1957, in Soudertown, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of 10 children.
Frank’s Coast Guard career began as a Seaman Apprentice with Search and Rescue, then a radioman and served as a crewman in various air crafts. He completed his service as a career counselor, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer from the Coast Guard in 1974. During his career, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, The Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, with two Bronze Stars, and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal.
Upon retiring from the Coast Guard, Frank owned and managed the Towne Bake Shop, was a real estate salesman and broker, registered financial broker and banker and founded and was president of Resource and Reentry Center (R&RC). In 2008, he received the Silver Bowl Award for Washington County, due to his work in R&RC, a nonprofit organization with wraparound services to help the homeless, those in poverty, vets and those coming out of incarceration.
Frank was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has had many callings, including scout leader, various class teachers, Elder’s Quorum President, Seventies Quorum President, Bishop, High Counselor and his favorite calling, Ward Mission Leader. He strongly believed, ‘When you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God.’ He lived what he believed, serving his fellow men all his life.
Frank is survived by Kathryn, his wife of 59 years; his ten children: Sumi (Cosgrove), Frank Jr., Sheila (Brown), John, James, Michael, Kathryn (Moster), David, Mark and Paul; siblings: Lillian Walton, Robert Toy and Ray Yoder; as well as his Welcome House family; 33 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Funeral services will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Hurricane LDS 8th Ward, 155 East 1050 North, Hurricane, Utah.
- Visitations will be Tuesday, prior to services from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Hurricane City Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 435-635-9922.
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