John Rider

Monday, July 20, 2009

John Rider, 84, of Wappapello, Mo., died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born Thursday, Aug. 7, 1924, in Elvins, Mo., son of John W. and Mattie Jones Rider.

He and Dorothy Middendorff were married March 22, 1945, and she preceded him in death Oct. 21, 1965. He married Barbara Bergstrom in March 1968. On Dec. 23, 1982, he married Dona Holt.

He was a member of Pipefitters Local 562 and former vice president of Steamfitters Local 318 in Cape Girardeau and a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II.

Rider attended Westwood Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Dona Rider, of Wappapello; four sons, Wes (Peggy) Rider of St. Peters, Mo., Stan Rider of Cedar Hill, Mo., Bruce (Cathy) Rider of Poplar Bluff, Gene (Varkay) Rider of Wappapello; three daughters, Yvonne (Mike) Griffith of Sedgewickville, Mo., Janice (Chuck) Cobb of Wappappello, and Cona (Dub) Dillinger of Wappapello; two brothers, Willard Rider of Festus, Mo., and Thedford (Mildred) Rider of De Soto, Mo.; and a sister, Norma (Ralph) McFarland of Festus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Steve Proctor officiating.

Burial will be at Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau with full military rites by the Missouri Honors Team.

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