In memory of

Mike Yender

November 1, 1965 - January 16, 2021
From: Early, IA
Mike Yender

Mike Yender

Born: November 1, 1965
Died: January 16, 2021
Age: 55
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   Mike Yender, age 55 of Early, IA passed away January 16, 2021, at Unity Point Health - St. Luke’s in Sioux City, IA.  Michael James Yender was born November 1, 1965, in Storm Lake, IA, to James and JoAnne (Meyer) Yender.  He later became a big brother to his sisters Jill and Jan.

   Mike was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Church in Early.  He attended grade school to the eighth grade at Sacred Heart School in Early and graduated from Storm Lake St. Mary’s in 1984.  He attended Iowa Lakes Community College obtaining a degree in farm management. Mike then returned home to farm with his father.

   Growing up on the farm, Mike was able to enjoy many of his favorite hobbies; hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers and motorcycles, and trapping.  He was able to buy his first car with the proceeds from trapping. Many hours were spent riding 4-wheelers with his sisters, cousins, and friends.  In the winter they liked pulling each other around on an inner tube in the snow. Mike was able to add a new favorite when he bought his camper. Many happy hours were spent with his sisters and their families sitting around the campsites and were able to enjoy trips that were taken with the cousins. He always enjoyed fishing whether it was on the ice, at the lake, or the river. Mike taught his niece and nephews to fish, and got a kick out of being "out-fished" by them or his sister.  His favorite place to be was out on Lake Okoboji.  Mike always looked forward to the yearly trips with his sisters and their families and the trips were even better when the cousins were there like we always did growing up. If Mike wasn't out fishing or out on the farm working, he would be found sitting outside at home just watching the world go by and talking with his neighbors.

   He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents; uncles Joe Yender, Dave Brinkman, and Verlyn Meyer.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his mother; sisters: Jill Roling of Early, IA, and Jan (Chris) Pyle of Hinton, IA; nephews: Jesse Yender of Early, IA, Zach Roling of Early, IA, and Austin Pyle of Sioux City, IA; niece Alexis Pyle of Hinton, IA; great-niece Brynlee Yender of Early, IA; aunts: Mary Brinkman, Betty Meyer, and Lona Munger; many cousins, other extended family members, and friends.

Public Mass of the Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Thursday
January 21, 2021
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa

Father Michael Cronin
Deacon Mike Higgins
Public Visitation
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday
7:30 p.m., Vigil Service
January 20, 2021
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa
Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Monday, March 8, 2021 at 4:40 PM
“Dear Joann, Jan and Jill, I am just so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved son and brother, Michael and have been remembering all of you in prayer. As teacher and principal at Sacred Heart School in Early, I have very good remembrances of Michael as a fine student and don't recall that he was ever a trouble maker. May he now rest in peace.”
- Sister Lenore Steilen
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:56 PM
- Dcn Butch Stone
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:56 PM
- Joan LeMaster
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:15 AM
“So sorry and shocked to hear of Mikes passing, always a smile and just a very nice and caring person. He will be missed!!! ”
- Pat O'Leary
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:39 AM
“Yenders: You have my sincere sympathy on the loss of Mike. I had lots of memories of our visits during his stop at Nelsons Premix and Vet Supply throughout the years. He was the happiest guy.......always a smile and I always commented that their corn field next to Hwy 71 was the best corn in the county and always kidded him about adding extra pig manure on that field. We had a lot of fun. He will surely be missed......but the fish will be more relaxed and safe now as he is fishing in a much better lake above. ”
- steven Frank
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:24 PM
“Mike was my 1sr best friend. The memories and trouble we got in will never be forgotten.”
- Jeff Sauter
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:14 AM
“Very sorry for your loss. We are praying for comfort for the family. ”
- James and Robin Maudlin
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:48 PM
“Joanne and family, my deepest sympathy to you with Mike's passing. My heart is sad for you and I hope the days ahead will bring you peace. As you all head fishing this spring the memories will be of Mike. He'll be watching and smiling.”
- Beth Bell is Goodvin
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:17 PM
“We are sorry for your lost. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Frank and Sheila Yender
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