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Martha Jeannette (Ritter) Vires Buckner

December 17, 1949 ~ August 25, 2021 (age 71) 71 Years Old





Martha Jeanette (Ritter) Vires Buckner 71, Rochester, Indiana, passed away at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.

 She was born on December 17, 1949 in Atwood, Indiana, the daughter of Bishop Armond and Betty (Nitcher) Ritter. Martha devoted her life to God, her children and grandchildren. She followed in her father’s footsteps becoming an ordained minister and was privileged to baptize two of her grandchildren. She spent over twenty years delivering newspapers for The Rochester Sentinel and The Shopping Guide. She enjoyed/loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, Southern Gospel Music, going to church, was an avid animal lover and collecting all things Elvis.

 Survivors include her husband, Rufus Buckner III, Rochester, Indiana, children, James (Jewelie) Vires, Colorado, Michael Vires, Rochester, Indiana, Angela (Randell) Fields, Akron, Indiana, Crystal (Andrew) Hill, Rochester, Indiana, Rufus Buckner IV, Florida, grandchildren, Shawn, Jesse Vires & Nichole Hudson, Samantha & Jonathon Fields, Abbigayle & Jaxon Tuttle, Kennedy and Andrew Hathaway,Irene, Valerie, and Arianna, brother, Rev. Richard (Annetta) Ritter, Rochester, Indiana, sisters, Ruth (Don) Bean, Argos, Indiana, Carole Jones, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Bishop Robert Ritter and lifelong friend, Robert J. Nye Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Monday August 30, 2021 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana, with Pastor Steven Lee officiating. Friends may visit from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Tippecanoe Cemetery, Tippecanoe, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to her memorial fund. Online condolences may be expressed at

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August 29, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home
1101 Jefferson Street
Rochester, IN 46975

Funeral Service
August 30, 2021

10:00 AM
Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home
1101 Jefferson Street
Rochester, IN 46975


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