Robert was born in Pottawatomie County on March 8, 1920, to C.O. and Corah Ann (Barnett) Rider and was the fifth of nine children. Robert passed to his eternal reward Thursday morning, Oct. 20, 2011, at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 12 days.


Robert was born in Pottawatomie County on March 8, 1920, to C.O. and Corah Ann (Barnett) Rider and was the fifth of nine children. Robert passed to his eternal reward Thursday morning, Oct. 20, 2011, at the age of 91 years, 7 months and 12 days.
Robert P. Rider was called into ministry at the age of 16 after receiving a vision about lost souls cast into hell. His initial calling was as a traveling evangelist and church planter; he started evangelizing in 1940. He received his minister’s license with the Assemblies of God on March 24, 1942, and was ordained Oct. 6, 1948.
Robert wed Alberta Lee Essary on Dec. 30, 1942, at the home of Robert’s Grandma Barnett. They held their first revival in Grand Junction, Colo., and traveled many places, holding long revival sessions, as long as six weeks. These revivals would sometimes result in the establishment of new churches. In 1949, they held a tent revival by the water tower in Tecumseh. After a long revival, Robert felt the calling to pioneer a church in Tecumseh. The church was started in November 1949. Throughout their ministry, they served many families in the community through church services, funeral services, weddings, revivals, Vacation Bible Schools, hospital visitations, baby dedications, and numerous community functions. They served at the Tecumseh Assembly of God church for more than 51 years, until they retired in January 2001 and later moved to the Pink area. The impact of his ministry can only be realized in heaven; the souls saved, the lives changed, and the many called to serve the Lord around the world.
Robert had seven children, Barbara, Dan, Rosalie, Melody, Janet (deceased), Kari and Fari (twins) and was a devoted pastor, father, grandpa and great-grandpa. He loved people in general, but he also loved to garden, fish, hunt and spoil his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his children: five daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Doug Powers, of Tulsa, Rosalie G. Blocker, of Shawnee, Melody and Marty Stacey of Tecumseh, Kari and Rodney Parris, Sparks, and Fari L. Rider, of Taipei, Taiwan; son, Dan and Jolene Rider, of Claremore; two sisters, Edna Barlow of Canyon City, CO and Doris Brodrick, of Shawnee; one brother, Noble Rider, of Campo, CO; 11 grandchildren, Desiree Rider, Preston Rider, Sabrina Cordero, Jerry Davis, Melissa Cox, Melinda Robbins, Melanie Banuelos, Hannah Parris, Emma Parris, Preston Parris and Joel Parris; 15 great grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta, on June 29, 2008; infant daughter, Janet Kay Rider; his parents, Clyde and Corah Rider; four brothers, Jack Rider, Royal Rider, Orville Rider, Carl Rider, and one sister, Marjorie Oldham; infant granddaughter, Marlena Stacey; and great-grandson, James Cordero.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23. The family will gather from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, to meet with friends. Service will be 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at Tecumseh First Assembly of God with Reverend H. Franklin Cargill and Reverend Chad Brodrick officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
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