Allen L. “Red” Rider, 87

Allen L. “Red” Rider, 87, of 160 Watercrest Drive, St. Marys, died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1927, the son of Levi “Bum” and Jennie (Russel) Rider.

He married Margaret Lucille Ross on June 27, 1953, in Darke County, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2012.

He is survived by his two children, Jeffrey (Joyce) Rider of Ansonia and Cynthia (Irvin) Coats of St. Marys, seven grandchildren, Ashley Steineke, Sara Coats, Joseph Rider, Cory Coats, Jamie Coats, Sheena Kocher and Alex Grote and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a sister, Sarah Luella Hoge, two half-brothers, Orville Rider and Arthur Rider.

Red attended St. Marys Memorial High School.

He retired from Hoge Lumber Company in New Knoxville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Marys. He enjoyed going fishing and building model trains.

Funeral rites will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, the Rev. Mark Foor, officiant.

Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association, the Epileptic Association, the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the First Baptist Church in St. Marys.

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