He was born May 20, 1930, in Silver Lake, to John A. & Ruth A. (Cole) Rider. He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1948.
On Nov. 19, 1960, he married Donnabelle Hudson. He retired in 1994 from Gatke Corporation, Warsaw, after 36 years. Robert was a farmer. He was a charter member of the Sidney Lions Club for many years. He was avid New York Yankees fan, IU basketball fan and loved gardening.
He is survived by his wife: Donnabelle Rider, Sidney; and one son: Ron R. (Ann) Rider, Columbia City; three daughters: Rhonda R. (Tim) Swaider, Huntington; Rita R. Rider, Sidney; and Rachel R. (Todd) Creamer, Warsaw; one sister: Virginia Linn, Claypool; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. One brother is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester. Graveside services will be at a later date at Sidney Cemetery, Sidney.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Robert E. Rider, memorial contributions may be made to the donors choice.