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Rolland Charles Pike 1883-1962


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/5/2011 at 23:44:40

Find Local Man Dead of Gunshot Wounds
Rolland Pike, 78, Estherville, was found dead this morning of gunshot wounds. They were self-inflicted, Dr. L. W. Loving, county medical examiner, ruled today. Pike was found dead shortly after 9 o’clock by Joe King with whom he had lived for some time.

Dr. Loving said to the best of his knowledge Pike had not been despondent or in ill health.

Sheriff Barney Reynolds said that it appears Pike put the barrel of a .410 shotgun in his mouth and fired the gun which discharged into the skull. Authorities estimate that death occurred about 8:30 a.m. today.

Pike had made his home with King at 539 S. 9th St. for some time. King had been away from the house earlier this morning and upon returning home, did not immediately discover the body. King told authorities he was home for about 20 minutes before he discovered Pike’s body to the left of the basement stairs.

Only known survivor is a sister, Mrs. O. L. Weber of Sioux City.

Services are pending at Sternberg-Reese Funeral Home. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, April 18, 1962)

Pike Rites Are Saturday
Funeral services for Roland Charles Pike, 78, who died yesterday morning of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, are set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Sternberg-Reese Chapel. The Rev. William R. Noland will officiate at the service and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Pike was born on Oct. 8, 1883 in Plymouth County, Iowa, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pike.

On January 10, 1911 he was married to Myrtle Lloyd at Kansas City, Kansas. They moved to the Graettinger area in 1932 and Mr. Pike operated a livery barn and was a horse buyer and trader.

Survivors include one daughter, Lucille of Arizona and one sister, Mrs. O. L. Weber of Sioux City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and several brothers and sisters.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 6:00 p.m. Friday until time of service on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Nolan Nelson Roy Christiansen, Ed Shirley, Dwight Myers, George Hasmra and Herman Cooklin. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, April 19, 1962)


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