Vern Kenneth Yoho, 68, Salt Lake City, founder of Yoho Automotive Inc., a warehouse distributor, died Jan. 10, 1991, in University Hospital of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Yoho founded the automotive firm in 1949 and later sold the business to a national firm, American Parts Systems, and retired. In 1977, he served as president of the Automotive Service Industry Association, a Chicago-based national organization that in 1966 presented him with the Industry Leadership Award.He was past president of the Fort Douglas Hidden Valley Country Club, where he was an avid golfer and a member of the "Hole-In-One Club" and the Southeast Lions Club. He helped organize the Olympus Little League baseball program.

In 1949 he was vice president of the Utah Junior Chamber of Commerce and later was a member of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945.

Mr. Yoho was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Wildcat, Wyo., and moved to Salt Lake City in 1945 after receiving a medical discharge from the military.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Cottonwood 11th LDS Ward, 1830 E. 6400 South. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, and from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Utah Cardiac Transplant Program, c/o of the University of Utah Medical Center.