Rader, Herman Herman Rader age 96 was crowned with everlasting life in Jesus on June 4, 2013. He was born May 26, 1917 in Winfield Twp. to George and Mary Rader. He was baptized on September 30, 1917, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Amble and there he confirmed his faith on September 3, 1930. His confirmation verse was Matthew 24:13, “ He shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Herman attended Amble School and in 1936 graduated from Lakeview High School. He served as Senior Class President and enjoyed helping with and attending many class reunions. In 1937 -1938 he attended the Agriculture Engineering Shortcourse at Michigan State University. In June 2012 he received the Kedzie Cane trophy for being the oldest male alumnus in attendance at the MSU Alumni Reunion Days.
Herman married Doris Eschels on September 14, 1946, in Freesoil, MI and they enjoyed 66 years together until Doris’ death in January. Herman is survived by his children and their spouses, Ken and Vicki Rader of Lakeview, David and Sherrie Rader of Sparta, George and Glenda Rader of Lansing, and Rev. James and Jeanne Kretzmann of Raymondville, TX; six grandchildren Chris Rader (Jessica) , Mindy Rader, Stacy (Joshua) Higgins, Kelly (Kurt) Hendrickson, Bryan Rader, and Dennis Rader; three great grandsons; and nieces and nephews. Surviving is one sister, Lena Meijer of Grand Rapids, Two brother-in-laws, Carl and Lois Eschels of Grand Rapids and Arno and Shirley Eschels of Ludington. He was preceded in death by his half brother Herold and his wife Florence.
Herman was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Howard City, and the Lutheran Laymen’s League. During his life he was active with Farm Bureau, the Winfield Twp. Board, Michigan Guernsey Breeders’ Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, 4–H, and Montcalm County Extension. He enjoyed basketball and baseball and was a bowler throughout his life.
Funeral services will take place on Monday at 11:00 AM at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Howard City with Pastor Steve Frentz officiating with burial in the Amble Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Bethel Lutheran Church or Lutheran Hour Ministries of St. Louis, MO, may be left at the Heckman Funeral Home where friends may call on Sunday from 4-8 PM and from 10 AM until time of service at 11 AM at the Church