Randolph  County,  Indiana

The  Muncie  Star  Press
Sunday November 12, 2006
L. Pauline Gouker King, 89
          WINCHESTER - L. Pauline Gouker King, 89, of Winchester, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at St. Vincent Randolph Hospital in Winchester.
          She was born on June 21, 1917 in Winchester to the late Augustus and Retta (Williams) Shafer. She was a 1935 graduate of Winchester High School.
She was manager of the City Cafe in Winchester for 10 years before moving to Anderson, where she retired from McManan-Leib Wholesale Grocers in 1980. She later moved to Hot Springs, AR where she lived until 1994, returning to Winchester.
          She was a member of the East St. Congregational Christian Church and Women of the Moose, Chapter 1618.
          Survivors include a daughter, Gwen (husband, Gary) Keesling of Winchester; 2 sons, Phillip (wife, Janice) Gouker of Welaka, FL and Charles Gouker of Winchester; a brother, Gus Shafer and friend, Betty Stroud; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; a nephew; 3 nieces; and several great nieces and nephews.
          She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Layton King in 1960; a sister, Dora Fouse; a grandson, James Ray Gouker; and Ray Gouker, the father of her children.
          A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2006 at Walker Funeral Home in Winchester, with Pastor Vernon Huffman officiating. There will be no calling hours.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

A  Winchester  Newspaper
May 26, 1927
Death Reports - Of Winchester and Vicinity
          Rufus King, 81, veteran of the Civil War died at 4 o'clock last Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ota Oyler, southeast of Winchester.
          Three children survive, Mrs. Ota Oyler, Mrs. Ernest Study, and Charles R. King, all living in this vicinity. Funeral services were held in the Maxville church, Sunday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. Harvey Thornburg.
          The obituary with that of Ernest Study, his son-in-law, who died May 22, will be found on another page of this issue.
Contributed anonymously

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
          Rufus King, son of John and Mary King, was born near Westchester, Pennsylvania, on September 15, 1844, and departed this life May 20, 1927, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ota Oyler, of Winchester, Indiana, aged 82 years, 8 months and 5 days. He was of a family of ten children, all having preceded him to that final rest.
          At the age of seventeen years he enlisted in the 124th Pennsylvania Regiment, serving until honorably discharged. He came to Indiana in the year -- and enlisted in Company C, 19th Indiana Iron Brigade, and served until the close of the war. He was a member of Nelson Trusler Post No. 60, Winchester.
          He was married to Martha Bolinger on June 21st, 1866; to this union were born two sons and three daughters, Charles R., Mary E., William R., Iva P. and Alice Bell. The wife, William R. and Alice Bell preceded him.
          Those left to mourn his departure are Charles R., Mary E., and Iva Pearl, all of Winchester, Indiana; three grandsons, four granddaughters, two great grandsons, and one great granddaughter, and other relatives and friends.
          In the year 1918 he married Ellen Harris who died in the year 1923.
          Rufus King was a man of sterling qualities when in health; he was industrious, always standing for the things that went to make good citizenship. And in concluding this brief biography, we firmly believe that when we have crossed the Bar and the curtains of that Great White Throne are drawn aside we will meet again this Soldier, Father and Friend.
          The funeral services were held at the Maxville church, Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Harvey Thornburg and the G.A.R. officiating. Burial was in Maxville cemetery.
Note: The date he came to Indiana was not included in the obituary, but must have been between 1863-1864. According to military records Rufus Mustered out of Company D, 124th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on May 15, 1863 and Enlisted in Company C, 19th Infantry Regiment Indiana on February 25, 1864.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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