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Kenneth Harold Rader

June 2, 1945 — March 15, 2015

Kenneth Harold Rader

Kenneth Harold Rader, 69, of Tiro, died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Altercare of Bucyrus. He has been in failing health for the past few years.

Kenneth was born June 2, 1945 in Ashland to Chester J. and Ethel M. (Leibolt) Rader. His mother died earlier in his life and his dad married Frances June Cuppy who also helped raise Kenneth. She, along with his parents, precedes him in death.

Kenneth graduated from Plymouth High School in 1964 and immediately enlisted with the US Navy. He was stationed in various places throughout the U.S. but finished his service time at Camp David where he personally worked for President Lyndon B. Johnson. He returned to the area and began working for PPG and remained there until his retirement some 35 plus years later. Kenneth married Lynn Roberts on May 15, 1971 and she survives.

Kenneth was big on reading biblical stories from his Bible and loved being a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Washington where he had served on church council, enjoyed getting together with the Wednesday morning men’s prayer group and was very responsible for the church’s food pantry. He was known for his massive vegetable gardens and gardened anything that would grow. He loved being outdoors and whether cutting wood, fishing or spending summer weekends with family at the Lake Erie cottage, he took advantage of every outdoor moment. Kenneth also enjoyed cooking and though spaghetti might have been his favorite meal, he wasn’t afraid of trying something unique.

In addition to Lynn, his wife of nearly 44 years, Kenneth is survived by two children, Danelle (Edwin) Schneider of New Washington and Christine (Jeff) Keller of Columbus; six grandchildren, Tyler Schneider, Avery Keller, Oliver Keller, Sofia Keller, Cailey Schneider and Cierra Schneider. Also surviving are two brothers, Dean (Annie) Rader and Carl (Grace) Rader both of Tiro; one step-brother, Howard (Marlene) Cuppy of Shiloh and one step-sister, Arlene (Howard) Coleman of Huron

Kenneth is preceded in death by a brother, Edward E. Rader and a sister, Martha Leone Rader.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Funeral services for Kenneth will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 203 E. Mansfield St., New Washington, Ohio 44854 with Pastor Tom Pairan officiating. Kenneth’s family will also receive friends that morning from 9:30 until the start of the funeral. A graveside committal service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery, where full military rites will be provided by both the American Legion, Post 181 and US Navy Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be given to either St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through the funeral home or the morning of the service at the church.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at funeral home and 9:30-11:00 at church

Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820


Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:00 a.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 E. Mansfield St., New Washington, Ohio 44854


2:30 p.m. Thursday in Oakwood Cemetery, 835 Kaler Ave., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820

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