AMerican Veteran 11

Lloyd Rader

November 7, 1949 ~ May 12, 2020 (age 70)


Lloyd Wayne Rader was born in Herington, Kansas on November 7, 1949 and passed away
unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the age of 70. Lloyd grew up in the Claremore
Sequoyah area and graduated from Claremore Sequoyah HIgh School in 1968. He attended
H.C. Lewis School of Electronics in Oklahoma City and after graduating he was employed by
Seismograph Service Corporation in Central America.

Lloyd loved the United States of America and red, white, and blue flowed through his veins. He
was a very patriotic person who loved his country and very proud of his service in the United
States Navy. He served in the United States Navy from April 1970 to November 1978 as an
aviation electrician. He was stationed in Jacksonville, FL, Rota, Spain, and Corpus Christi, TX.

On September 24, 1970 he married Laura Lee Burr at the Sequoyah Baptist Church in
Claremore. They were looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2020.
On July 15, 1975, he was very proud to welcome a new addition to his family, a daughter,
Amanda. Upon returning home from the United States Navy, he worked at Yuba Heat
Transfer in Tulsa, OK for two years and then had the opportunity of a lifetime to work as a
maintenance millwright for Centrilift (Baker-Hughes). Eventually, after 38 years of hard work,
he retired in 2013.

After retirement, Lloyd decided to take it easy and enjoy life. A lifelong fisherman, he spent his
retirement days making crappie jigs and lures, chasing the allusive ‘BIG ONE’, and occasionally
catching a ‘BIG ONE’. If he wasn’t fishing, he was watching his grandsons play soccer,
basketball, football, track and he loved watching them show their cattle. However, gardening
had to be worked into the fishing and grandson schedule. His specialty was growing tomatoes
and peppers for the salsa his son-in-law loved to enjoy. He was a problem solver and often
took on DIY projects at home. Woodworking skills came in handy for the houses he and Laura
remodeled and later sold. They were in the process of flipping #3. Making birdhouses was his
‘fun’ woodworking project. He would make birdhouses and sell them at the local farmers market
in Claremore.

Lloyd loved life and socializing. He would socialize with anyone; he enjoyed people and his
friends. Some were life long, some were mere acquaintances, and some were best of friends
with a family background, but no matter who he met or talked with, he would always see the
good in that individual. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Lee Rader of the home; his daughter, Amanda Pollan and
husband, Brian Pollan; his grandsons, Brant and Kolt. He is preceded in death by his grandson,
Caden Lee Pollan; parents, Archie James Rader and Willma Lee Rader.

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