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Susan Yoder - July 17, 2014


Susan Lynn Yoder was born Sept. 23, 1949 in Huron, S. D. to Arthur Edwin and Marcia Lou (Samis) Bjorke. She attended school in Huron, graduating with the Class of 1967 and went on to complete two years of college. She worked for a short time in Kansas City, Mo. and then married Kenneth Engel Jr. on Feb. 14, 1969 and settled in Aberdeen, S.D. On October 19, 1973 she was united in marriage to Daniel Kelley. Susan and her growing family made homes in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming. She made her final home in Wauneta, Neb., and on Sept. 30, 2012 married the man of her dreams, Glen Yoder in Imperial, Neb.
She kept the books for many home businesses, at various times helped several neighbors during harvest season and later managed a children’s clothing store. However, her first love was being a mother and homemaker. In addition to raising and caring for her children, she was a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod where she was an avid member of the weekly women’s bible studies and participated as an LWML member. Susan also volunteered as the regional coordinator for the railroad safety program, Operation Lifesaver. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, deer hunting and spending time with family playing cards and board games. She was a passionate fan of NASCAR, the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. In addition to these interests, she loved “Toodling” in Ruby, Glen’s ’35 Chevy. She was a devoted grandmother who loved to spend time with and brag about her grandchildren.
Susan passed away July 6, 2014 at the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial. She was 64 years of age.
Preceding her in death are her mother Marcia Bjorke; father Arthur Bjorke; sister Debra (Bjorke) Engel; grandson Christopher Engel and a stepdaughter Dana Yoder.
Survivors include husband Glen Yoder of Wauneta; stepmom Jackie Bjorke of Huron, S.D.; daughter Dawn (Steven) Willadsen of Casper, Wyo.; son Travis Engel of Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter Jolene (Tony) Muths of Wauneta; stepdaughter Tonya (Chandler) Shull of Dighton, Kan.; stepson Shawn (Katie) Yoder of Washington, Kan.; sister, Denise (Craig) Larsen of Jacksonville, N.C.; brothers Bill Bjorke of Montgomery, N.Y. and Doug (Cheri) Bjorke of Huron, S.D.; grandchildren Shaylei, Tyler and Dylan Willadsen, Hillary, Chelsea and Alexis Engel, Wyatt Muths, Jeremiah Dike, Cory, Dana and Bryce Yoder; great-grandson Brandtley Mundt; and many nieces and nephews that she adored.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with Pastor David Kahle officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near North Platte, Neb.
No visitation, Susan was cremated.
Memorials have been established to the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial or to the Wauneta EMS.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.