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Yoder president-elect of state association

Jun 06, 2018
Photo by: submitted Charles Yoder of Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona was installed as president-elect of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association. He also served as emcee for the Associations Awards Ceremony.

KALONA — Charles J. Yoder, funeral director and manager of the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona and the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman, was installed as president-elect of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA) during the 138 Annual IFDA convention held May 15-17, at the Prairie Meadows Hotel & Conference Center in Altoona.

Yoder grew up next to the Powell Funeral Home in Wellman and decided to go into the funeral profession. He is a 1992 graduate of Worsham College. Yoder is a member of the Rotary Club, Kalona Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Washington County Board of Directions, the National Funeral Directors Association, the Dayton Lodge, and has served on the Mid-Prairie Community School District Foundation and the Kalona Library Board. He and his wife, Dorie, live in Kalona and have one daughter, Morgan.

Yoder was elected by his peers to serve a one-year term in this capacity and was installed into office by Grant Armstrong Jr., former owner of Armstrong Funeral Homes of Mapleton, Anthon, Ute and Danbury, during the IFDA Presidential Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 15. Yoder served as emcee for the presidential banquet and awards ceremony.

This year’s annual IFDA convention featured highly regarded local and national funeral service speakers who presented current information on bereavement education, business and management practices, regulatory updates, technical skills and training and additional topics related to the funeral service profession. The annual IFDA convention provides funeral directors with a forum to receive and exchange information so they may return home with new ideas that will allow them to better serve the families in their communities.

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