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YONTZ, Rev. Orvel Keith

May, 4, 1922 – Hayter, AB
July, 18, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Rev. Orvel Yontz, beloved husband of Hazel Yontz of Calgary, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the age of 92 years.

Orvel was born in Hayter, Alberta, the third child of Simon and Mollie Yontz. As a young man, he attended Prairie Bible Institute, where he felt God’s calling to spread the Gospel. He joined Unevangelized Fields Mission (Crossworld) and went to Brazil to be a missionary. It was there that he met and married Hazel in 1950.

Together, they raised four children, Laura, Bob, Sylvia and Dan. After retiring from active mission work in Brazil, Orvel represented Crossworld in Western Canada and with Hazel, continued to host visiting missionaries in their home. They also participated in the International Student Ministries, in Calgary, Alberta. Orvel’s heart was always in mission work, church planting, and mentoring the Christian leaders of the future. Orvel will be remembered as a man of God, and a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle.

Besides his loving wife of sixty-four years, Orvel is survived by four children, Laura de Menezes, Bob (Karen) Yontz, Sylvia Yontz and Dan (Mellani) Yontz; grandchildren, Cahina, Alanna and Ryan. He is also survived by his elder sister Florence Oswald, and numerous nieces and nephews. Orvel was predeceased by his sister Velma Elliott and his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at Crossroads Community Church (912 – 19th Street N.E.) on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire memorial tributes be made to Crossworld. (

In living memory of Orvel Yontz, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Leland & Janice Jernberg :

    Janice and I both want to express our condolences to Hazel and the rest of the family. We very much appreciated Orvel’s friendship, kindness, and joyful spirit. I especially value the times I spent with him as part of the missions committee for our church. We regret not being able to attend his funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Janice & Leland

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  2. Sylvia Bitter :

    We have a God who cares so very much for us in our time of need…
    May you feel His presence during this difficult time.

    Thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Ps. 94:18,19

    With Sympathy

    Sylvia Bitter

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  3. As Chairman of the Crossworld board, I want to say that Orvel served faithfully, and with destinction, with us on our team, as a wonderful man of God. Brazil will have many people in Heaven as a result of the work done there by these 2 faithful Canadians. Orvel and Hazel continued, after retirement, to serve in Canada to encourage many young people to take up the challenge where they left off, and today many are serving in difficult, far off fields as a result. May God encourage you his family, in this time of his homegoing and please be assured his memory will live long, in the lives of many at Crossowrld ( UFM) J J D Smith

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  4. Vivy DaCosta :

    With deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob Yontz and the family.
    God Bless!
    Friends at Hostmann-Steinberg

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  5. Vic & Anita Monus :

    Dear Hazel & family,

    Anita joins me in sending you and your family our heartfelt sympathy. May you find God’s grace completely sufficient today and in the coming days.

    Special memories of our times with Orvel come to mind. We appreciated Orvel for his faithful service to God, love for people, and devotion to the cause of worldwide missions.


    Vic & Anita Monus

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