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Jerry Rader

d. June 16, 2019

Durham – Jerry Rader, 70 passed away June 16, 2019 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.  He was born April 4, 1949 in Abilene to Alvie and Etta (Rees) Rader.  He married Eileen Stefan May 10, 1997 Rural Lehigh.  Survivors include: wife, Eileen Rader of Durham; sons, Curly (Nancy) Miller of Hillsboro, Les Shaffer of Hillsboro; daughters, Debbie (Larry) Blanding of Beloit, Carol (Reno) McHenry of Winter Park, Colorado, Marie (Lynn) Kessler of Rural Lehigh, Kayla (Brad) Rader of Hillsboro; sister, Diana (Tom) Hawthorne of Coffeyville; 19 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by a son, Jason Rader in 1995.  Celebration of Life Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 at Durham Baptist Church in Durham.  Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to Jerry Rader Fund in lieu of flowers in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin

Jerry Alvie Rader was born April 4, 1949, in Abilene, Kansas to parents Alvie and Etta (Rees) Rader.  He was welcomed by older brother Larry. Hesoon became big brother to sisters Doneta and Diana.


Jerry spent his childhood in Durham, Kansas and graduated from high school in 1967. In high school he played basketball until he broke his ankle and was unable to play any longer.


After high school, he was a welder at Donahue Corporation. He joined his father and brother in a custom harvesting business. They traveled from Louisiana to North Dakota cutting wheat mostly, but they also cut soybeans, milo and occasionally flax and oats.


In 1972, he married Karen Ebel. They resided in Durham. They had a son, Jason, to join Karen’s four children.  In 1975, tragedy struck when the Lord took Karen home unexpectedly.


Jerry struggled to move on in life while taking care of five children.  His parents moved back to Durham to help him.  Jerry enjoyed teaching his kids to hunt and fish.  Jerry had an ornery sense of humor and he enjoyed playing jokes on people. Somewhere along the way, Jerry’s Carlton friends began calling him “Chief”.  He loved to go to Kim Bogart’s, sit on buckets and burn trash. Jerry also enjoyed gardening and grilling.


In 1995, tragedy struck again, taking Jason to heaven in a tragic accident. Then three weeks later, his brother, Larry, passed away as well.


Through this tragedy he met and became friends with Eileen Shaffer.  This friendship turned into love and they were united in marriage on May 10, 1997.  Jerry, again, took on the father role to her two children. Over the years they enjoyed 19 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.


In April 2018, Jerry was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He fought a brave fight until the Lord took him home.  He was welcomed to heaven by Karen(wife), Jason(son), Joshua (grandson), Larry (brother), Alvie and Etta (parents), Doneta and Lawrence (sister and brother in law), Larry Ebel (brother in law) and good friends Kim Bogart and Larry Bergman.

Those still loving and remembering him are Eileen, wife; daughters Debbie (Larry) Blanding; Carol (Reno) McHenry; Marie (Lynn) Kessler; son Curly (Nancy) Miller; son Les Shaffer and daughter Kayla (Brad) Rader; sister Diana (Tom) Hawthorne; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

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2 thoughts on “Jerry Rader

  1. Carol:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I only knew your Father through you; but through you, I got a sense of what a good soul your Father was. The universe is better for him having been a part of it. To you and your family, take care of yourselves and each other.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jerry was a wonderful man and we feel truly blessed to of known him and have him as family. Love to all, Phyllis, Darla & Family, Denise & Family, Danelle & Family, Ronnie & Family.

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