John Michael Steven Yost, 44, salesman, woodworker

December 19, 2003

John Michael Steven Yost, a machine-parts salesman and an accomplished woodworker, died of cancer Monday at his Rodgers Forge home. He was 44.

Mr. Yost was diagnosed with CUPS - Cancer of Unknown Primary Source - about a year ago, family members said.

"John fought for a year after having been diagnosed with CUPS," said a sister, Deborah E. Tewey of Wiltondale. "This type of cancer affects less than 5 percent of all cancer patients, and the source of his cancer was never found."

Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, Mr. Yost was a 1977 graduate of Towson High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1987 from the University of Baltimore.

He worked for 12 years as a salesman for Printing Corp. of America in Timonium before joining Transply Inc. of Baltimore, a manufacturer of machine parts, last year.

Mr. Yost enjoyed home repairs, and in his workshop made wooden castles, toy fishing rods and puppet theaters for his children and other family members. He recently completed a loft bed, dollhouse and bookshelf for his daughter.

"John never knew what it was to call a plumber, electrician, carpenter or mechanic," his sister said. "He fixed everything himself."

Services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road in Towson.

In addition to his sister, he is survived by his wife of 11 years, the former Amy Pace; a son, Michael Yost, 7; a daughter, Cecilia A. Yost, 4; his parents, Towson residents Carolyn and the Rev. John Yost Jr., former pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore; a brother, Jeffrey P. Yost of Towson; and another sister, Christine C. Yost of Lancaster, Pa.

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