Yordy, Richard (1922-1995)
Richard Joseph Yordy: pastor; born 8 October 1922 on a farm near Eureka, Illinois to Walter and Alma (Eigsti) Yordy. He was the oldest in a family of two sons and two daughters. On 3 June 1945 he married Ruth Miller. They had three sons. Richard died 21 May 1995 in Calgary, Alberta.
In the mid-1930s Richard moved with his family to Chicago because of the difficult times for farmers during the Depression. Spending his
teenage years in the city was unusual for a Mennonite of Richard's generation in
the U.S. and surely shaped his openness of spirit to new ideas and challenges.
His education included B.A. and B.Th. degrees from Goshen
College and a B.D.
degree from Goshen Biblical Seminary. He also studied at Moody Bible Institute,
Bethany Biblical Seminary, Eastern Illinois University and Garrett Theological
Seminary. He was ordained as a minister on 3 November 1946 in Perryton, Texas, and
as a bishop on 19 September 1954 at Freeport, Illinois.
Kropf, Joan. "Yordy Served the Church for Nearly 50 Years." Mennonite Reporter 25 (12 June 1995): 11.
Richard Yordy collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.
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