Richard C. Schrader, 92, passed away Saturday (July 6, 2013) at Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville, surrounded by family.
Mr. Schrader was born on Aug. 8, 1920 in Wellsville to Carl A. and Anna (Bennett) Schrader. He was a 1937 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served in the U. S. Army Air Force during WWII as a radar man for weather missions over Japan, Mariana Islands and Tinian Island. He flew on a B-29 Flying Fortress under the command of General Hap Arnold in the Pacific Theater. On Jan. 17, 1948, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Hornell, he married Sarah Piampiano, who predeceased him on Jan. 14, 2011.
Richard worked as a cost accountant for Worthington (Turbo Dyne) in Wellsville for 50 years from 1937 until his retirement in 1987. Additionally, he served as Andover Town Justice of the Peace from 1971 until 2002 and at that time received an Honorary Certificate for Magistrate from New York State, for which he was very proud.
Dick is survived by a daughter, Pamela (George) Slack of Ontario, NY; two sons, Richard (Marlene) Schrader of Venetia, Pa. and Carl Schrader of Andover; six grandchildren, Paula (Michael) Doyle, Kristen (Mark) Schichtel, Jeremy Slack, Rachel (Aaron) Armstrong, Richard (Meghan) Schrader, and Cameron Schrader; four great grandchildren, Nina Doyle, Lilly Doyle, Elijah Schichtel, and Jonah Schichtel; two special nieces, Barbara Raines of Wellsville and Beverly McTarnaghan of Bonita Springs, Fla.; his beloved cat, Joey; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife of 63 years, he was predeceased by one brother, Arthur Schrader; and three sisters, Louise Hazzeltine, Margaret Umiker and Marion Boyce.
Dick was an avid golfer, especially during his retirement years. In his younger days, he loved hunting and fishing. He bowled on the Alfred Bowling League every Wednesday for over 30 years and was very fond of playing cards. He and his wife were passionate Yankee fans. He also was an Andover Little League baseball coach and an Andover Boy Scout leader.
Dick was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church. He was a member of the Andover Fire Department, where he was a past president and served on the executive board. Additionally, he was a member of the Andover Rescue Squad, Andover American Legion, Andover Lions Club and the Andover Fourth of July Committee, where he was honored as the Grand Marshall of the 50th year anniversary parade.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover with Rev. Thomas Roman as celebrant. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial contributions in Dick’s name may be made to Andover Volunteer Rescue Squad. PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806.