THE ONE & ONLY: Marcus Yoder

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*This article originally appeared in the June 14, 2017, issue of The Budget’s Local Edition

For Marcus Yoder of Millersburg, the past 47 years have been all about learning. As the Executive Director of the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center and the Ohio Amish Library, Yoder’s livelihood comes from books and learning.

Perhaps, it is a good thing that his hobbies include reading. Yoder is active in his community with Maranatha Christian School, Ohio Amish Library, Yale Alumni Association and Ohio State Alumni Association.

Here’s the scoop on Yoder who was born December 24, 1969, in Massillon:

Full name: Marcus A. Yoder

Marital and family status: Married to Norita since June 1991

Hobbies: Painting Favorite television show: American Pickers Favorite movies: “Babette’s Feast” and “A River Runs Through It”

Last book read: “Family” By Ian Frazier

First job: Stacking Lumber at my father’s sawmill

Worst job: First Job

Favorite childhood memory: One morning my father woke me and asked if I wanted to go to work with him. He was a logger and they had a short day. I remember that clearly. I also remember the day my parents bought a set of World Book Encyclopedias and they were delivered to our house. My mother encouraged me to read and I thought I should read these new books, so I did.

Favorite music: Classical.

Favorite food: My wife’s homemade pizza. I love all ethnic food from Cuban to Ethiopian.

Best idea I ever had: To ask Norita to marry me and to go back to the University, even if I was in my 30s.

Worst idea I ever had: Hmm. Too many to think about.

Three words that describe me: Bookish, Friendly, Relational.

I am known for: Love of Books, Teaching.

I’d give anything to meet: Magdalene (Lehman) Miller who died in 1818. I studied her life extensively and am working on a manuscript about her life.

I try very hard to hide the fact that I: There are occasions where I wish I was more athletically inclined. Also that at my core I am an introvert and it often seems like I don’t have enough “alone time.”

The career I fantasize having is: Being an author.

If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is: If there is a difficult project the most important thing is to start. Staring is often the most difficult part of the project. People would be surprised to know that: I love art and can get lost in art museums and galleries.

The one thing I would still like to try is: Swimming. I have never learned to swim and would like to try.

If I could give any gift to anyone in the world, it would be: To give the gift of literacy and reading.

If given the opportunity, I would ask the President: What in the world he did to his hair! Actually, I would ask him what life is like in the fishbowl of the White House, and how I could pray for him.

People tell me I remind them of: My father, which is a great honor since he is one of my life heroes.

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: “Redeemed” or “For the Love of Books” If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? Haha, Superpowers, hmm. How about the ability to know what people are thinking. It would help with relationship building.

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