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Born: Sun., Oct. 13, 1929
Died: Thu., Dec. 29, 2011


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 02, 2012
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Jan. 03, 2012
Location: DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jan. 03, 2012

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Howard S. Strader, age 82, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away at 5:58 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born October 13, 1929 in Akron, OH, he was the son of William and Mildred (McPhillen) Strader.

He was a resident of Allen County until moving to Whitley County in 1951.  He attended St. Joe Township Schools, Allen County. He served in the United States Air Force.  On May 5, 1951, he married Carole R. Mansdorfer at Aboite Christian Church.  For 28 years, he worked for American Hoist in Fort Wayne. He also worked for the Whitley County Sheriff's Department for 8 years retiring in 1994.  He formerly attended Dunfee Missionary Church, Dunfee, and was a former member of the American Legion in Fort Wayne.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Carole R. Strader of Fort Wayne; 3 daughters, Connie S. (Ernie) Coy of Leesburg, Rita M. (Rollie) Strahm, Angola and Joyce S. (Greg) Pierce of Fort Wayne; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Stanley H. Strader; brothers, Dwight L., William D. and Edward L. Strader, his twin brother; infant sister and 1 granddaughter, Amanda Pierce.

Visitation is 2-8:00 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2012 and 10-11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Blanchard officiating. Burial will follow with Military Graveside Honors at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne.  Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Strader to the Alzheimer's Association or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.  Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.

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Randy Grimes
   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
To the Strader Family;

May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will walk beside you in your journey of grief.

Randy Grimes and the Staff of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home

Steve Waterman
   Posted Thu December 29, 2011
Dear Carol, Connie, Rita and Joyce:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this saddest of days. Howard was a wonderful man who helped our family immensely. Take comfort in the fact he is with God now for all eternity. We will keep you in our prayers during this most difficult of times.

God bless you all
Steve and Donna Waterman

Gary Speer
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Strader passing, You are all in my
thoughts and prayers during this hard time.

Pam & Lonnie Huskey
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
Connie I am sorry to hear of your loss!
May the love of those around you help you move forward in the days
ahead. You and your family will be in our prayers. May you let God
comfort and help you through these times.

Valerie Byer Rouch
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
Strader Family~

I extend my deepest sympathy to you and yours.
I have fond memories of working with Howard at the WCSD. Howard was a caring guy who always enjoyed a good story.
I trust you will hold your memories dear to your hearts and may God Bless you with his loving strength in the days and months to come


   Posted Fri December 30, 2011

Chad Christman and Family (Jennifer, Calista, Kaitlyn, Mackenzie)
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
May Howard's comfort bring Peace to all of you. God Bless.

Vickie and Bud Derbyshire
   Posted Sat December 31, 2011
Thinking of you and your family at this time of loss. Words can not express how difficult is to lose a parent. Just know you have friends who will stand by you and help you get through this time!

   Posted Sat December 31, 2011
Rita and family sorry for the loss of your father,granfather,uncle,and husband,may he live on thru the lives of his family,my prayers are sent your way.

Mrs. George (Liz) Sponaugle
   Posted Sat December 31, 2011
I want to offer my condolences to the Strader family. I remeber my late husband George talking about Howard. They worked together at American Hoist. George died in Feb. 2004 from Agent Orange. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Liz Sponaugle

Paragon Steel
   Posted Mon January 02, 2012
Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
God bless,
Your Friends & Co-Workers @ Paragon Steel

Amy Chilcote
   Posted Mon January 02, 2012
I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Howard's passing. I enjoyed caring for Howard at A Day Away Adult Daycare and I will truly miss him and his smile. My thoughts & prayers are with the Strader Family.

Ed and Janet Claxton
   Posted Tue January 03, 2012
We are so very sorry to hear of Howard's passing and also that we are unable to be there in person to offer our condolences. Know that we are thinking of the entire family today and in the future. Howard was a wonderful man, always ready with a hug and a smile. He will be greatly missed but he will be smiling down on everyone.

All of our love!!

Deb Ungemach
   Posted Tue January 03, 2012
Dear Megan,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your grandfather. You and your family are in my prayers.
If ever you need anything I am but a phone call away.

Nannette Bingham Firestone
   Posted Tue January 03, 2012
I heard from my parents that your dad passed and I would like to express my condolences.


Don & Mary McWhirter
   Posted Wed January 04, 2012
Our condolences to you and your family.
I am glad that I got to visit with you both last summer.
You are in our thoughts.
Don & Mary

Ed & Celia Dunmoyer
   Posted Tue January 10, 2012
Joyce & Greg, You have our deepest sympathy on your resent lost.

Just remember he has no more pain, no more sorrow, & no more tears and

his body is healed completely. Your in our prayers.

Linda (Nierman) Eloph
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Mrs. Strader, Connie, Rita & Joyce ~ I just heard of Mr. Strader's passing, and I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you all. I have such fond memories of each of you starting many years ago at the church in Dunfee. You and Mr. Strader have each embraced a part of my heart and you all are truly in my thoughts and prayers.

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