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Gary Michael Yoder

May 3, 1970 ~ February 26, 2024 (age 53) 53 Years Old

Gary Yoder Obituary

Gary Michael Yoder, age 53, of Sanford, NC, passed away Monday, February 26, 2024 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in Wooster, Ohio on May 3, 1970 to Gary Lynn Yoder and Susan Adams Lingner.  His father preceded him in death.  In addition to his mother Susan Adams Lingner (Charlie) of Florida, he is survived by his wife, Paula Bigelow Yoder; children Colin Michael Yoder, Casey Laura Lovick (Caleb); sisters Kim Collazo (Alex), Kathie Clark (Sandy); In-Laws Paul and Diane Bigelow; Nephews A.J. Collazo (Chelsea and daughter Emersyn), Carlos Collazo (Madi), Marcos Collazo, Brandon Ainsworth; niece Myah Ainsworth; step-mother Elizabeth Remick Yoder; brother-in-law Rusty Ainsworth (Ilsa); sister-in-law Patty Emery (Paul); niece Lindsay Dube (Mike) and niece Ryan Crane (Chad).

Gary was the family jokester and had a personality that was larger than life.  He was a superb athlete in soccer, baseball and basketball and was All State in a couple of sports.  He enjoyed hunting and was a beautiful woodworking craftsman.  He enjoyed giving his woodworking as gifts to others.  Gary also had a beautiful singing voice and loved his children, nephews, niece and family. 

The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Lemon Springs United Methodist Church with Rev. Roberta Byram officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends Friday, March 1st from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and other times at the family home.

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March 1, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home
600 West Main Street
Sanford, NC 27332

Funeral Service
March 2, 2024

2:00 PM
Lemon Springs United Methodist Church
7225 Lemon Springs Road
Sanford, NC 27332


Lemon Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery


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