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Robert D. Heller
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Birth: 1847
Death: Jun. 20, 1886
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

Served in Company A, 9th Iowa Cavalry during the Civil War. (GAR marker #65 near gravestone.)

("The Avoca Herald" newspaper of Avoca, Iowa dated June 26, 1886 on p. 4)

The funeral of Robert Heller occurred Tuesday afternoon, and the attendance was an expression of the sympathy universally felt for the bereaved family and a mark of respect for the departed. His tragic fate was mourned by stranger and friend alike. Their grief was unmixed with any feeling of vengeance towards the murderer, for he had placed himself beyond the pale of human retribution, which is always tardy and many times uncertain. All business houses were closed until 4 o'clock, and the entire populace suspend their avocations. The U.S. Grant Post, of which organization the deceased was a member, acted as a guard of honor, followed by the mayor, council, and other city officers, who were in turn followed by the fire company in uniform; fifty-two conveyances formed in line at the house and others falling in on the route. The procession traversed Main street to the city hall, which had been appropriately draped with all the dark solemnities of woe; from this point it proceeded eastward and thence to the Congregational church, where Rev. Gray conducted the services. At the grave the G.A.R. burial rites, which are impressive under any circumstances, and doubly so under these, were observed, and then the crowd dispersed to take up again their daily cares, and the mourning widow, deprived of the husband's strong arm and faithful heart, turned, at the demand of six fatherless children, to her manifold cares, with a heart weighted with sorrow, but with no time for grief.

We are pleased to note, however, that her immediate wants will be attended to. Mr. Seiffert & Wiese generously headed a subscription paper with $50 and put it in circulation, and up to this time something over $400 has been raised. We understand it is the intention and desire to make the sum subscribed reach $1,000, and it is to be hoped that this expectation may be fulfilled. No one, whose heart is susceptible of one compassionate throb, will fail to give something, according to the means they possess.

(Robert Heller was the night watch at Avoca, and was shot and instantly killed by Wm. Farrell. Wm Farrell then took his own life.) 
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  Mary A. Heller (1855 - 1927)*
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Robert D. HELLER
1847 - 1886
Co. A, 9th IA Cav.
Graceland Cemetery
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 5 Row 24
Created by: Barbara Butcher
Record added: Jan 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83783847
Robert D. Heller
Added by: Barbara Butcher
Robert D. Heller
Added by: Barbara Butcher
Robert D. Heller
Added by: Barbara Butcher
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