Thursday, August 18, 2005

Robert F. Shidaker Family
(see Frank and Lizzie Harvey Shidaker
for more information)

February 23rd, 1836 ~ December 20th, 1907

Answers Final Summons Friday Evening ~
For Many Years Efficient Superintendent of
Miami Cemetery.
Robert Shidaker, Superintendent of Miami Cemetery, died Friday night after an illness of several months, the immediate cause of his death being jaundice.
Mr. Shidaker was one of the best known men in this community. A man who as beloved by young and old, possessed of many admirable traits of character and one who will be greatly missed.
For almost twenty years Mr. Shidaker had been superintendent of Miami Cemetery, and he filled this difficult position with unusual ability and faithfulness. Personally, he was one of the kindliest and most winning of men and his friends were limited only by the number of his acquaintances.
Funeral services were conducted from the Cemetery chapel Sunday afternoon, and the great out pouring of people to pay their last tribute of respect, was proof of the love and esteem in which he was universally held. The Chapel was completely filled and almost as many others were unable to gain admittance. Rev. Phillip Trout and Rev. J. F. Cadwallader and Rev. Benj. Hawkins, together with the local lodge of Odd Fellows had charge of the services. A special choir furnished music. Among the floral offerings, two were especially handsome, one of these being from the board of directors of Miami Cemetery, an the other from the Old Fellows lodge.
The following obituary was read at the funeral:
Robert Fulton Shidaker as born near Troy, Miami County, Ohio on February 23, 1836, and died at Corwin, Ohio, on December 20, 1907, at the age of 71 years, 9 months and 27 days. In early manhood, he moved to Clinton County and later to Warren County, where he was married to Hannah Dakin on March 21, 1857. To this exceptionally happy union were born two sons, Charles W. and Frank H., now prosperous farmers near Harveysburg.
When death called the beloved companion of Mr. Shidaker several years ago, although desolate in the extreme, he hid his aching heart from the world by the same cheery face and friendly smile, which characterized him until the day of his death.
On August 8, 1888, he was elected Superintendent of Miami Cemetery. Through his thoughtfulness, carefulness and watchfulness, the City of our Beloved Dead was made an ideal burying ground; it was the special pride of Mr. Shidaker's heart and his efforts to make this sacred spot beautiful were crowned with abundant success.
Mr. Shidaker leaves to mourn his loss besides his two sons, four grandsons and two great grand children. A much beloved grand daughter preceded him to the Great Beyond several years ago.
One who loved children and nature so devotedly could not live far from God. Hosts of Friends which included people of all ages and all classes will remember with kindly feelings the genial, happy, courteous Robert Shidaker.
The family of the late Robert Shidaker desire to express through the (Miami) Gazette their appreciation of the many kindnesses extended them during his sickness and at the time of his death.
Robert F. Shidaker was custodian of Miami Cemetery when he died. He is buried in Section B.


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