Don Sherwood Rader


Don Sherwood Rader passed away unexpectedly May 1, 2019. Don was born in Shawnee, Okla., on Sept. 25, 1936, to Nash and Inez Rader. He grew up in the Crutcho, Midwest City area and graduated from Choctaw High School.
He married Bonnie on June 2, 1956, and they had almost 63 years of wedded bliss.
Don worked for his parents in their grocery store for many years starting in high school. By the late 1960's, he had learned to drive a semi-truck and began a 35-year career as a long distance over-the-road truck driver. He retired from Yellow Freight in 2001, and was a proud member of the Million Mile Club.
Don continued to stay busy after retirement doing the things he loved. His garden always had an abundance of tomatoes and corn that he shared with neighbors and friends. His yard was always freshly mowed and edged. At Christmas, everyone looked forward to Don coming with his boxes of handmade candy. Don became involved with the Mustang Club, becoming a certified gold card judge, while earning a Red Medallion for excellence for his 2002 Mustang. In the Oklahoma Mustang Club, he was an active member, a former board member, and car show chairman.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Farrell and Dick.
He is survived by wife, Bonnie; daughter, Melanie Rader of Edmond, Okla.; son, Bret Rader and wife, Kary of Fort Worth, Texas; and daughter, Sheree' Foutch and husband, Bill of Edmond, Okla. He also leaves three wonderful grandchildren: Sabrina, Nash, and Brady Rader.
Services will be 10 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2019, at Waterloo Road Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens in Midwest City, Okla.
Published on May 3, 2019
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