Doris Lavon Rheam

September 23, 1937April 8, 2019

Doris was born on September 23, 1937 in Warsaw, Indiana. She was the daughter of missionaries to the Native Americans in New Mexico and Northern Arizona. Her youth inspired her to desire becoming a nurse to this same community, a desire that was not to be. She married and became a mother, the job she loved above all other vocations. Doris returned to Warsaw where she worked at the Dalton Foundry. She was a single mother to 3 children when she met a gentleman recently discharged from the Army — Michael Rheam. Mike was a single father to 3 children. What began at the water fountain, with Mike admiring this lovely young lady, grew into love and blossomed into a marriage that lasted 48 years. The Love continues… Their blended family included 7 children, 11 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Grandchildren, punctuated by a foster daughter that lived with them. Doris’s love for all their children was unconditional. She was a “mama bear” when it came to her family, protecting them and at the same time correcting them so they grew into competent adults. The Lord took one of their precious babies home early and she greeted Doris when she arrived in Heaven. Moving to Arizona, Doris worked at Motorola for 17 years. Doris loved music and at one time contemplated becoming a music teacher. She was an accomplished pianist, as well as playing the accordion and the harpsichord. Music filled their home, bringing joy to her family every day. She spent time on a farm, so hard work was expected. Even when that meant trying to get Steve’s jean jacket away from him to clean it. Once there was even a tug of war between Doris and her son! I am not sure who won that battle. Doris never met a stranger, always wanting to talk and help out where needed. She and Mike helped me with Santa Claus and Company when we were just staring a photo studio. She would faithfully be there every day to greet the families who came in for photos. She also showed the Love of Christ to our clients, photographers, Santa’s and elves. They only stopped working with us when her illness prevented her from coming in. Doris’s life is reflective of her love for her Savior and for His word: “From childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man (and woman) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17


  • Memorial Service Monday, April 15, 2019

Doris Lavon Rheam

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Joni Brookins

April 15, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Doris' passing. She was my second mother. I can't believe how much time Sharon and I spent at Doris & Mike's house in Warsaw. When they all moved, I didn't see them as much, but I do remember one visit out there. My mom and sister Brenda came with me and Steve & family was there also. We had so much fun! My mom wanted me to say that she will miss Doris's friendship. Love to all the family!

Sandi Abbott Bowling

April 12, 2019

I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. Doris and Mike let me stay at their house during the 77 blizzard. I named my first daughter (middle name) after Doris's middle name. She was a wonderful person. Thoughtful, kind and very caring. She will be greatly missed. Love to you, Becky and Mike and Tammy.

Sharon Justice

April 12, 2019

Doris was the mother of my best friend who opened her home to include me in the things they did. I came over all the time. Missed them when they moved to Arizona. When I finally wasn't having a major surgery and had some money for airfare, I went to visit them for Becky's birthday. Doris let me stay with her. I was their guest for the few days I was there. I felt right at home. Wish I could be there for the family now. God has his arms around them and just like my mom, we'll see them again.