Delaware County Obituaries



Gaston Gazette

John Rader Passed Away. At the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. J. Clark, of Muncie, John Rader aged 72, died Saturday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by Rev. T. A. Reynolds, pastor of the First Christian Church of Muncie, Monday. Interment at Beech Grove Cemetery. Uncle John as he was familiarly called, was a resident of this place for several years and was regarded by all who knew him as an upright Christian man and commanded the respect of all. He leaves an aged wife and two daughters, Mrs. T. J. Clark of Muncie and Mrs. J. W. Lambert of this place. The Gazette joins the family in their grief.

Muncie Times

Jonathan Rader Passed Away Saturday Afternoon. Jonathan Rader, 72, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. J. Clark, at Elm and Wysor streets, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after an extended illness. The deceased was a pioneer of Delaware County and was widely known.

A widow and two daughters survive him. The daughters are Mrs. T. J. Clark, of this city, and Mrs. John Lambert, of Gaston. The funeral will take place from the residence at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Contributed By: John R. Lambert

RADER, Matilda

Muncie Times

Aged Resident Passes Away.


Mrs. Matilda Rader, 81, died Friday night about midnight, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Lambert, after an illness extending over several months. The funeral services were conducted Monday morning from the residence, by Rev. Reynolds of Muncie assisted by Rev. Smith of the Jackson Street Church. Interment was made at Beech Grove Cemetery

Mrs. Rader was born in Ohio but came to Daleville with her parents when about 12 years of age, and had been a resident of Delaware County since. Her husband, Jonathan Rader, preceded her in death about twelve years ago. A daughter, Mrs. Thomas Clark, of Muncie, died eight years ago.She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. W. Lambert, one foster son, Clifford Oiltz, of Muncie, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Van Matre of Holden, Mo., one brother, Edward R. Stewart, of Yorktown, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Many Here to Attend Funeral. Cliff Geltz and family, Merrill Clark and family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bullock, Mr. and Mrs. Linden Moffett, Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Moffett, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Lambert, all of Muncie, Mr. and Mrs. James Underwood of Fairmont, Mrs. Elmer Howell of Frankfort, Mrs. Bertha Roadcap, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schlegel, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fosnot, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Fosnot all of Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Noah Richmond, Mrs. Emma Harmon and sons Clarence and Carl, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lambert, James McAllister, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Stewart, Mr. and Mrs.Arthur Shoemaker, W. A. Bowman and family, and Wm. Shoemaker, all of Daleville, were here Monday attending the funeral of Mrs.Matilda Rader.

Contributed By: John R. Lambert

RAWLINS, Sarah Ann

Muncie Daily Times, Jan. 31, 1907

Death of Mrs. Rawlins

Sarah Ann Rawlins, 63 (could read 83 - blurry), wife of Jesse M. Rawlins, of Normal City, died of pneumonia yesterday afternoon.  She was an old resident of this county having been born and reared here.  A husband, five sons and one daughter survive.  Funeral services will take place at the residence Friday morning at 10 o'clock.  Interment will take place in Hawk's cemetery.

Contributed By: Shirley Baston Pearson

REED, Eliza Jane

Muncie Press, March 27, 1909

Eliza Jane Reed, 74, wife of Stephen Reed, a pioneer of Delaware county, did (sic) yesterday afternoon at her home two miles northwest of Yorktown, after a brief illness.  Services will be held in the residence at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon and burial will be made in Yorktown cemetery.

Contributed By: Shirley Baston Pearson

REED, Elizabeth

Muncie Morning Star, June 30, 1916

Aged Woman A Victim Of Suicide At Home

Mrs. Elizabeth Reed, 70, Hangs Self Two Miles Northwest of Yorktown

While her aged husband was  hoeing weeds in a nearby cornfield in the sweltering morning sun, Mrs. Elizabeth Reed, 70, well known old resident of Delaware county, whose home is two miles northwest of Yorktown, tied a bed sheet around her neck, suspended it from a door casement and then stumbled forward.  The noose instantly tightened about her neck and in a few moments she was dead.

Her body was found about 11 o'clock yesterday morning by Edward Dragoo, a son, who drove to see his mother from his farm near Cammack.  When he stepped into the door he saw his mother lying face downward on the floor dead.  He spread the alarm of the suicide and neighbors attempted to resuscitate the body without avail. At an inquest yesterday afternoon Coroner Downing made an investigation as to the motive for the suicide but was unable to assign any cause.  She had been in good health.

She was the wife of Stephen Reed and an old resident of the county.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Hofer chapel.  Interment will be made in the Hawk cemetery.

Contributed By: Shirley Baston Pearson

REES, B. Charline

Muncie Star, Thursday, December 22, 1994


B. Charline BEEMER REES, 98, died Monday in Yorktown Health Care Center after a long illness. Mrs. REES was a lifelong resident of Delaware County and attended Cowan schools. Survivors include a son, James B. REES, St. Louis MO; three grandchildren, Pamela GAYHEART, Jackey HAWKINS, and Cindy REES; two great grandchildren, Megan BELL and Alyssa HIGHLEY, and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband Jason REES, died in 1964, and a son Jack REES died in 1987. Graveside services will be at 1pm today in Tomlinson cemetery, southwest of Muncie, with Rev. Ron COVEY officiating. There will be no calling. Meeks mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Contributed By: Brenda Kerr

RICKER, Charles

February 18, 1966

Notes: Ricker. Charles Ricker, late residence, 3326 W. 84th St., beloved husband of Elvira (nee Vitale), devoted father of Edwin of Muncie, Ind., grandfather of Kimberly, Stephanie and Darcie, brother of Mildred Seif and the late Harold, Wednesday. The family will receive friends From 3-5 And 7-10 P. M. Friday at The Martens Funeral Home, 9811 Denison Ave., where services will be held Friday At 8 P. M. Rev. W. L. Kalk officiating Graveside services and interment Saturday at Fairview Cemetery at Galion, O.

RIFFE, Bryon Scott

February 14, 1951

Notes: Riffe, Bryon Scott, husband of Bessie, brother of Robert H. Riffe and Luther Riffe of Muncie, Ind. also uncle. Funeral services at Our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament Church, Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a. m.

RIFFE, Robert Hal

March 2, 1959

Notes: Riffe, Robert Hal, suddenly Feb 27, 1959; beloved husband of Margarite; father of Jean Snyder of Seattle, Wash., and Josephine Warren of Detroit, Mich.; brother of George L. Riffe of Muncie Ind.; uncle of Anice Johnson, Robert R. Riffe, Larry Riffe, Byron Riffe. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 3, at 1 p. m. at St. James A. M. E. Church, 8401 Cedar Ave. Friends may call at the Christopher & William Funeral Home, 10415 Wertchester Ave. Interment Lake View Cemetery.

RODMAN, Samuel

Muncie Daily Times, November 23, 1891


He Passes Peacefully at 1:20 this Afternoon

Deputy marshall Samuel S. RODMAN died at 1:20 o'clock this afternoon from the effects of a stroke of paralysis on last Friday evening. Samuel RODMAN was born in Burlington, New Jersy, May 5, 1827. He came to Muncie some time in the forties, where he continued to live until his death. When he first came to Muncie he engaged in the tailoring business. In recent years he has engaged in various lines of business until about four years ago when he was appointed to a position on the police force, which he has since occupied.

He was twice married and leaves a wife and six children to mourn his death.

He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge and also the Red Men. The funeral has not yet been arranged but will be conducted under the directions of the orders of which he was a member.

Samuel RODMAN was an honest, industrious man, and his many friends wil be pained to learn of his death.

Contributed by Brenda Kerr


January 14, 1949

Roeger, Mary (nee Steiss), wife of the late John, beloved mother of Harry L., Mrs. Marguerite Barkman, and the late George J., grandmother and great-grandmother, residence, 1598 Belle Ave. Friends may call at the Daniels Funeral Home, 15800 Detroit Ave., Fri. evening. Funeral services and burial Muncie, Ind.

ROGERS, Wallace

The Press, Muncie, Indiana Friday, September 21, 1906 Page 5 Column 3


Wallace Rogers died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nancy J. Chalfant near Macedonia.

Mr. Rogers was a veteran of the civil war and was 74 years old at the time of his death. The funeral will be held in the Mt. Pleasant church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Mt. Pleasant cemetery will be the place of interment.

The Muncie Morning Star, September 21, 1906 Page 8 Column 5.


ROGERS- Wallace Rogers, 74, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nancy J. Chalfant, near Macedonia, in Monroe township. He was a veteran of the civil war and served in the Ninth Indiana Cavalry. The funeral will be held from the Mt. Pleasant church Saturday morning, the cortege leaving the residence at 10 o'clock. Mt. Pleasant cemetery will be the place of interment.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

ROSE, Margaret

January 19, 1929

Rose-Margaret, at Cleveland State, Hospital, Jan. 18. Remains at Jones' Parlors, Miles Avenue and E. 95th. Interment at Muncie, Indiana.

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