Jack F. Rader
Riverton – Jack F. Rader, 69, of Riverton, died at 10:48 A.M., Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at St. John’s Hospital. He was born March 27, 1942 in Springfield, IL to Albert F. and Elmyra M. Ishmael Rader. He married Patsy R. Smith on June 9, 1963 and she survives.
Jack is also survived by one son, Tom (Mary Kay) Rader of Riverton; one daughter, Michelle (John Hankins) Rader of Spaulding; three grandchildren, Jacob Tanner, Danielle Rader, and Chloe Lewis; one sister, Shirley (Jim) Langston of Sharps Chapel, TN; mother-in-law, Lena Smith of Springfield; two sisters-in-law, Donna Smith and Cindy (Perry Reeves) Smith both of Springfield; one brother-in-law, Thomas E. (Susan) Smith of Oak Park; one aunt; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Thomas Smith.
Jack attended Third Presbyterian Church where he had previously served as deacon and taught Sunday School. He was a member of IBEW Local 51 since 1963 and belonged to Riverton Lavely Masonic Lodge #786. He formerly worked part-time for the Riverton Police Department, served as Riverton Volunteer Fire Department Chief, served as Emergency Disaster and Preparedness Coordinator for Village of Riverton, as well as serving four years as a Trustee for the Village of Riverton. He was a past assistant Scout Master for Troop 22, was a member of the Order of the Arrow and a member of the American Morgan Horse Association. Jack was also a member of the United States Navy. He graduated from Lanphier High School in 1960. He was a Journeyman/Lineman and worked for Riverton as the Foreman of the Electric Department.
Visitation: 4-7 P.M. Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with Masonic services at 6:45 P.M.
Funeral Service: 11 A.M. Friday, September 2, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with Chaplain Marty Nagel officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Research Fund or the Field of Dreams in Riverton or Riverton Area Fire Protection District.
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Dear Pat and family, We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a good person and always ready to help others. May God bless and comfort you in your hour of sorrow. Bill & Patsy Strawbridge
Rest in peace my brother you cerainly deserve it ill see you on the other side
Patsy, Tom, and Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about Jack's passing. Jack was such an awesome person. I thought the world of him and always will. All the years I've known him, whenever I saw him he had that big ol' smile on his face. Even when we worked at the village and he didn't agree with "whatever" was going on at the time. I loved him dearly. Prayers to you all in this difficult time, may God watch over you and help you in your grief.
i have known Jack my entire life since he and my Dad were friends through grade school and into high school and beyond. Jack and Dad were in Boy Scouts, went to 3rd Pres, and Jack was Dad's best man. I remember RVFD picnics and playing at the Rader house with Tommy and Michelle. Jack always seemed like a big ol' bear of a guy but was so nice and gentle. I know he will be greatly missed by our family and all who knew him. My thoughts are with Pat, Tom, Michelle, and their families at this time. Gwen Cribbett
Jack was like a dad to me after my dad passed away. He was always so supportive of me with my horses. I can still hear him in the bleechers at the State Fairgrounds..."Red on the head (thats what he called me) ...get out there. He is your horse. No one should drive your horse but you. You can do it." He will be missed in so many different ways. Heaven just received another angel. Love you Jack!!!
Patsy and family; There is comfort in friendship, hope in prayer, peace in love. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship Mark , Denise & Mikey
Dee Reed Foreman posted on 9/11/11
We will miss you Jack.