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Everett W. Yoder <br> June 15, 1950 -- Sept. 10, 2005

Everett W. "King" Yoder, a retired master mechanic, died Saturday in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 55.

Mr. Yoder was born in Buffalo and raised in Riverside. During the early 1970s, he owned and operated two Sunoco gas stations, on Main Street at Harlem Road in Snyder and on Hartford Road and Millersport Highway in Amherst.

He also worked as a master mechanic for the Town of Amherst, retiring in 1987 because of a disability.

Mr. Yoder enjoyed golf, target shooting, camping and hunting and also played the organ.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, the former Dianne Rauch of Amherst; two sons, Jason of Buffalo and Alan; a stepdaughter, Michele Mikolajczak-Gamsen of Hollywood, Fla.; a stepson, Scott Mikolajczak of Amherst; two brothers, Harold of Buffalo and John of Lockport; and eight grandchildren.

On Mr. Yoder's request, his cremated remains will be placed in a Hellman's mayonnaise jar, family members said.

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