HERKIMER — Rudolph M. Schrader, Jr., age 83, passed away on Monday evening, December 2, 2013, in Faxton-St. Luke’s Medical Center, New Hartford. He had the comfort and support of his loving family at his side.
He was born on July 26, 1930, in Herkimer, son of the late Rudolph M. and Minnie Schulenberg Schrader. A lifelong Herkimer resident, he was a graduate of Herkimer High School. An honorably discharged US Navy veteran, he served during the Korean War. On August 2, 1952, he was united in marriage with the former Joyce A. Weber in the First United Methodist Church, Herkimer. They made their home and raised their family in Herkimer.
For thirty-seven years, he worked for the New York State Thruway Authority, retiring in 1985 with the position of Supervisor. Mr. Schrader had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Herkimer.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and bowling. He was an avid softball player and played in the “Under Forty Softball League”, which later became the “Under Fifty Softball League”. Rudy was a member of the East Pond Fish and Game Club, the East Herkimer Fish and Game Club, and the Herkimer County Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
To all who knew him they will never forget a caring, straight forward gentleman. Any conversation with him was straight and to the point yet you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be truly missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his devoted wife of sixty-one years, Joyce; one son, Rudolph J. Schrader and his wife, Kimberly, of Mohawk; two daughters, Rebecca George, of Cazenovia, and Susan Schrader, of Ilion; three brothers, Ivan Schrader, of Herkimer, Allen Schrader and his wife, Karen, of Little Falls, and Harold Schrader and his wife, Mary, of Chelais, WA; five sisters, Beverly Weber and Patricia Smith, both of Herkimer, Janice Butler and her husband, Jack, of Newport, Joyce Casale and her husband, Tony, of Mohawk, and Armeda LaBreche and her husband, Roger, of Herkimer; five grandchildren, Nicole McLean and her husband, James, of Cazenovia, Jenna Macri and her husband, Brian, of Herkimer, Ashley Crandall, of Ravena, Luke Schrader, of Mohawk, and Kyle Crandall and his wife, Jenna, of Herkimer; six great-grandchildren, Hanna, Zoe, Lauren, Brian, Jr., Ava and Presley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Richard Schrader.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Herkimer. Reverend Ann Zimmerman, Pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family will be present to receive relatives and friends in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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