Rushville Republican

April 29, 2013

Robert Joseph Eder, 85


Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Robert Joseph Eder, 85, of Rushville, passed away April 28, 2013.

Bob was born Dec. 4, 1927, in North Vernon, a son of the late Louis G. and Colletta (Lauth) Eder. He married Betty J. More June 12, 1949; she survives. His loving family includes a son, Stephen (Jane) Eder of Jefferson City, Mo.; daughters, Karen (Frank) Harpring of Rushville and Lisa Ruttenberg of Cincinnati, Ohio; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Eder; son-in-law, Peter Ruttenberg; twin brothers, Harold and Gerald Eder; and a sister, Virginia Rentschler.

He graduated high school in 1946 from St. Joseph Academy of Rensselaer and Indiana University with his BS in 1953 and LLB degree in 1955. While at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, he was note editor of the Indiana Law Journal 1954-55. He was admitted to the Bar June 15, 1955.

Bob started as an associate with Walter B Keaton in 1955 and a few years later started his own practice until 1965, when he became a partner with Kenneth Earnest and James Foster in the law firm to be then known as Earnest, Foster and Eder; it was later known as Earnest, Foster, Eder and Levi. He was city attorney for the city of Rushville from 1964 to 1967 and practiced law over 50 years. He was recognized with many community and civic achievements through out his life.

His memberships include the National Lawyers Association; Indiana State Bar Association; Rush County Bar Association (past president); Rush County ARC, director and past treasurer; American Legion; Rush County Chamber of Commerce; St. Mary Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus 769 PKG; St. Mary Catholic School Foundation, founding director; Calvary Cemetery Foundation; and a past director of ARC of Indiana.

Bob was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War, serving two enlistments. He loved to bowl in local leagues and was an avid fisherman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Jeremy Gries officiating. Burial will follow in Rushville’s Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at Todd Funeral Centre and Crematory, Rushville, where all are asked to recite the rosary at 4 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Rush County ARC Endowment Fund; St. Mary Catholic School Foundation; or Calvary Cemetery Foundation c/o RCCF, 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173.


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