Coder Family History and obituaries
from Patte Kelley:
Coder family: These are transcribed from clippings from the Clarinda newspaper files at the Nodaway Museum and microfilm of the Shambaugh newspapers. Oliver William Coder was a half-brother of my great-grandfather George Barton Coder and the son of David J. Coder and Elizabeth Faulkner. Oliver is buried in the Davis Cemetery.
Oliver Coder -
Obituary clipping from The Clarinda Herald July 1933

O.W. Coder

            Shambaugh lost a faithful citizen last Saturday when O.D. [this should be O.W.] Coder died at the Hand Hospital in Shenandoah. He was another of the old time residents of the community. Due recognition was given at the Mennonite church Tuesday afternoon, the funeral being in charge of Rev. E.D.Young and Rev. T.J. Overholt. The pallbearers were Charles Fulk, L.Hamm, F.Majors, Roy Beery, Ben Journey and W.N. Bunting. Music was furnished by Rev. and Mrs. Overholt.

            Oliver Coder was born in Dearborn Co., Indiana, April 1, 1848 and departed this life in Shenandoah, Iowa, July 15, 1933, at the age of 85 years, 3 months, and 15 days.

            In 1873 he was united in marriage to Lydia Wray at Clarinda, Iowa and to this union were born six children. One daughter, Lida, died in childhood.

            Mr. Coder moved to Frontier County, Neb., in 1885 and returned on 1899, to Page Co. Iowa where he has resided since excepting three years spent on his homestead in northwestern Nebraska.

            He was a man of courage and of kind disposition, a kind and affectionate husband and father.

            During his last hours his suffering was intense, and as he neared his eternal home he was conscious of the fact that he was soon to depart this life, and he expressed a desire to go praying that God would take him soon and saying "I am ready to go."

            Those who mourn his departure are his devoted wife and children: Inda of Shambaugh, Jessie Gillam of Shenandoah, Fred of Shambaugh Iowa, Frank of Burlington Junction, Missouri, and Howard of Merriman, Nebraska, a half brother George Coder of Cambridge, Nebraska, one half sister, Mrs. Belle Arneil, of Arizona, also twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of friends.


Shenandoah paper July 1933

Oliver William Coder

O.W. Coder dies

Father of Mrs. J. B. Gillam Buried at Shambaugh.

Oliver William Coder, 85 of Shambaugh, passed away at the Hand hospital Saturday night following a short illness.

Mr. Coder was brought here to the Hand hospital on Wednesday. He was the father of Mrs. J.B. Gillam of this city.

Funeral services were held at Shambaugh Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Coder a retired farmer and long time resident of Shambaugh is survived by his wife and five children.

Mr. Gillam and children which included Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Phipps of Farragut; Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Aters and Miss Marjorie Gillam who went over Tuesday for the funeral services returned home the same evening while Mrs. Gillam remained with her mother and will return home the first of the week.
Lydia Wray Coder -
Lydia Coder was the daughter of Samuel C. Wray and Caroline M. Toomey or Tooman. She married Oliver William Coder. Lydia, Oliver and Lydia's parents are buried in the Davis Cemetery.
Clarinda Herald

Mrs. Lydia Coder

Lydia Wray was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1853. She passed away at her home in Shambaugh on October 3, 1934, at the age of 81 years, 7 months. On March 2, 1873, she was united in marriage to Oliver Coder who passed away July 15, 1933. To this union six children were born, Inda, who has tenderly cared for her in her declining years; Mrs. J.B. Gillam of Shenandoah, Fred of Shambaugh, Frank of Burlington Junction, MO, Howard of Merriman, Nebr, and Lida who died in infancy.

            She with her parents moved to Page County when she was but a small girl where she has spent the rest of her life, except for the nineteen years she lived in western Nebraska and Colorado.

            She was converted in the 90's while she lived in Frontier County, Nebr., under the ministry of A.A. Miller, and united with the M.B.C. church of which she was a member at the time of her death.

            She leaves to mourn her departure besides the children, 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. Al of her children have lovingly and tenderly cared for her during her last illness and with glad and willing hands administered to her comfort.

            The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Mennonite church, Rev. I.J. Overholt in charge. Pallbearers were: D.W. Brown, J.Hamm, J.S. McClarnon, B.C.Hoskins, T.R.Young, J.L.Williams. Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Stone.
Inda Coder
Here is a transcribed obituary for Inda Coder, daughter of Oliver William Coder and Lydia Wray Coder. Inda is buried in the Davis Cemetery


January 6, 1969

Clarinda Herald

Inda Coder rites after Friday death

            Funeral services are being held this Monday for Miss Inda Coder, 94, who died Friday at 1:30 pm at the Gillespie Nursing Home. She had lived at Shambaugh  until recent years when her health caused her to move to the Clarinda home.

            She was born on a farm near Shambaugh, oldest of six children in the Oliver Coder family. She lived as a child in Frontier County, Neb, educated at Cambridge. The family returned to Page County when she was a young woman, becoming active as a practical nurse. Her home was in Page County except for a short time when her profession took her away. She has been active at the United Missionary Church at Shambaugh until her health prevented.

            Two brothers are Fred Coder of Shambaugh and Howard Coder of Gordon, Neb. A nephew Robert Coder of Ft. Smith, Ark, arrived Saturday to be with the family which includes nieces Mrs Wayne (Hazel) Phipps of Shenandoah and Mrs. Jack (Doris) Wareham of Clarinda.

            The memorial services were to be in charge of John Whitten, pastor of the church at Shambaugh, with Mr and Mrs Horace Stone and Miss Aletha Huchings furnishing the music. Casket bearers were Loren and Donald Hoskins, Emery Huddle, Orville Brenneman, Wayne and Richard Phipps.
Frank Coder
Clarinda Paper

Frank Coder reared in Shambaugh area

Shambaugh (Special)-

Frank Coder, 74, of Burlington, MO, died Wednesday at the Elmo hospital, after suffering a heart attack Sunday.

Mr Coder was born in Nebraska but came to Iowa with his parents as a small child, and grew to manhood on a farm near Shambaugh in the Mt Joy school district. After his marriage to Lola Majors of Shambaugh, they made their home at Burlington Junction for many years. They then spent several years at Fort Smith, Ark, returning to Burlington Junction two years ago.

Survivors include his wife, one daughter Mable Maddox of Ft Smith, sons Robert of Ft Smith, Boyd of Burlington Junction and O W (Buddy) of Anchorage, Alaska. Two brothers are Fred of Shambaugh and Howard of Gordon, Neb. Miss Inda Coder of Gillespie Nursing Home in Clarinda and Mrs Jessie Gillam of Shenandoah are sisters.

Mrs Maddox and son David and Mr and Mrs Robert Coder and Judy are with their mother. Howard will arrive this Thursday from Nebraska. The son in Alaska will not be able to come for the funeral. Services will be Friday at 2 pm, at the Christian church in Burlington Junction.
Fred Coder

Below is transcribed from a funeral card in the Nodaway clippings. I didn't notice at the time that several names had been cut off in the photocopy.


Fred W. Coder


October 24, 1882, at Golden Colorado


Entered Into Rest

March 12, 1969, at Clarinda, Iowa


Services From

Walker Funeral Home

Clarinda, Iowa

Friday, March 14, 1969

2:00 P.M.


Rev. Don Comstock



Loren Hoskins



Grace Perry


Casket Bearers

Wayne Phipps

Donald Hart

Melvin Burns

Erskin [last name cut off]

Rennig [last name cut off]

Don [last name cut off]


Final resting Place

Butler Cemetery

Shambaugh, Iowa


            OLIVER WILLIAM CODER was born on 1 April 1848 in Dearborn County, Indiana. He was the son of DAVID J. CODER b. 1812 PA and ELIZABETH FAULKNER b. 1819 OH. On 2 March 1873 in Clarinda, Page County, Iowa, he married LYDIA WRAY who was born 4 March 1853 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of SAMUEL C. WRAY, born PA, and CAROLINE M. TOOMEY or TOOMAN, born PA. Oliver and Lydia had 6 children:                                   

1. INDA BELL CODER b. 27 November 1874, Shambaugh, Page Co, Iowa, d. 1969 in Clarinda, Page Co, Iowa. Inda is buried in Davis Cemetery.

2. JESSIE E. CODER b. 18 July 1879, Oregon, Missouri, married J.B. GILLAM son of DAVID GILLAM and NANCY SMITH. Their children were Hazel Gillam, Crystal Gillam and Marjorie Gillam. The Gillams resided in Shenandoah, IA.

3. LYDIA ETHEL CODER born 1880 Missouri, died in infancy

4.FRED WRAY CODER b. 24 October 1882 Golden, Colorado, d. 12 March 1969, Clarinda, Page Co, Iowa, married 6 November 1918, Sterling, Colorado, OLIVE BLANCHE BROWN born 4 April 1894, Shambaugh, Page County, IA. Their children were Gordon Fred Coder and Doris Faith Coder.

5.  FRANK DAVID CODER b. 10 August 1890, Cambridge, Nebraska, d. April 1965 Arkansas, married LOLA BELLE MAJORS born Bedford, Iowa, their children were Virginia Ruth Coder, Mabel Coder, Wray Coder, Boyd Coder and Robert Coder.

6. HOWARD G. CODER b. 15 December 1893, d. August 1984, Gordon, Nebraska, married BESSIE _____ . Their child was Alice Coder.

          In the 1880 U.S. census Oliver and family resided in Holt Co, Missouri. The family then ranched in Frontier County, Nebraska, for a time. In 1900 the family lived in E. River Twp, Page Co, IA. In the 1910 census Lydia and the children were in Shambaugh Town and Oliver was listed at a homestead in Cherry County, Nebraska. In 1920 Oliver and Lydia were in east River Twp., Page County, IA. In 1930 Oliver and Lydia reside in Shambaugh.

          Oliver William Coder died on 15 July 1933, in in Hand Hospital, Shambaugh, Page County, IA. Lydia died on 3 October 1934 in Shambaugh, IA. Oliver and Lydia are buried in the Davis Cemetery, East River Twp., Page County, IA.