John Rader

Obituary of John Rader

John L. Rader, 78, of Jamestown, NY, passed away at 3:13 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 2018, in his home, surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness.

An area resident for most of his life, he was born March 13, 1940 in Nu Mine, PA, one of eight children, to the late Kenneth and Mary Zajac Rader, Sr.

John was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from September 19, 1963 to September 5, 1965 during the Vietnam War.

Before his retirement he was employed as a finisher for the former Crawford Furniture Company and had previously worked for the former S.M. Flickinger Company for 17 years.

He was a member of the Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion, Celoron, NY.

He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and tending to his garden.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years this year, Elaine L. MaGill Rader, whom he married August 24, 1968, his three children: John A. (Becky) Rader of Jamestown, NY, Melissa K. (Jason) Soderlund of Ellicottville, NY, Justin C. (Jenny) Rader of Jamestown, NY, twelve grandchildren; Stephanie, Tyler, Tage, Austin, Xander, Gavin, Alana, Daxten, Nolen, Presley, Kolten, Taryn, two great grandchildren; Gracie and Archer, two brothers; Samuel Rader of Jamestown, Robert Rader of AL and two sisters; Nancy Albano of Las Vegas, NV, Helen Sholin of Jamestown.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Rader, Jr. and two sisters, Evelyn Chiazzese and Mary Caprino.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Visitation will not be observed.

Memorials may be made to Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 West Fairmount Ave. Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, 1120 South Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14620.