Retired Army Col. Leverett G. Yoder, 84, a veteran of World War II and a former teacher at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, died of cardiac arrest Thursday at George Washington University Hospital.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1918, Col. Yoder attended the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir.

Before World War II, he was an assistant district engineer in Chicago and engineer of the training center at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

During the war, he was commanding officer of an engineer service regiment in New Guinea and Chief of engineer services in the southwest Pacific theather.

He also served with the Allied Land Forces as engineer of the First Corps' supply general headquarters in the Pacific theater.

After the war, he was engineer in charge of river and harbor activity with the Fifth Army's District Engineers in St. Paul, Minn. In 1951, he moved here to the office of the chief of engineers. From 1952 until his retirement in 1953, he was attached to the American Battle Monuments Commission here.

Col. Yoder then eared a master's degree in education from George Washington University and subsequently taught for several years at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

He and his wife, the former Elizabeth H. (Bette) Luty, had lived in Washington since the early 1950s.

Col. Yoder's military decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak leaf cluster.

Besides Mrs. Yoder, survivors include two sisters, Mirian Miles Landers of Grand Forks, N.D., and Charlotte May Anderson of Takoma, Wash., and a brother, Dr. Paul V. Yoder of Troy, Ala.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to St. John's Episcopal Church here or to the Superintendent's Fund, West Point Alumni Foundation, West Point, N.Y.