Melvin B. Rader

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Melvin B. Rader

January 24, 1951 - March 05, 2019

Melvin B. Rader Mr. Melvin B. Rader, 68, of Colfax, passed away March 5, 2019, at Franciscan Health East in Lafayette.

Mel was born Jan. 24, 1951, in Lebanon, a son of the late Elisha P. "Pete" and Anna Ellen (Parks) Rader. He married Mary Jane Coffman on July 6, 2002. She survives.

Mel graduated from Thorntown High School in the class of 1969, where he was the class President. He then went on to serve in the United States Army National Guard. Mel worked for AV Fuel in Ann Arbor, MI as a truck driver for 25 years, retiring in 2007.

Mel was a member of the Thorntown American Legion Post 218, where he was a past-commander, and also the commander of the Boone County Honor Guard. He was a member of the Boone County Antique Tractor Club and the NRA. Mel was an Elder at the Thorntown Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Rader of Colfax; daughters, Lori K. (Greg) Rader-Day of Chicago, IL and Jill R. (Scott) Bryan of Brownsburg; Janie's children, Wade Burdine of Thorntown, Relena (Rick) Ball of Crawfordsville, and Carter "Butch" L. (Vivian) Burdine of Lebanon; brother, Marvis "Mike" (Judith) Rader of Whitestown; sister, Pauletta Tranbarger of Lebanon; grandchildren, Jesse Ellen Bryan, Addison Kate Bryan, Nathan Burdine, Joshua Thomas, and Michael Ruckle; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mel was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Donald J. Tranbarger.

Family and friends will gather Sun., March 10, 2019, for visitation from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Funeral services will be held on Mon., March 11, 2019, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Glen Jewell officiating in the Thorntown Christian Church, 125 W. Main Street, Thorntown, IN 46071. Mel will be laid to rest at Sugar Plains Cemetery in Thorntown. You are invited to visit the website where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post 218 Honor Guard, PO Box 44, Thorntown, IN 46071.
Published on March 7, 2019
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Sunday March 10, 2019

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary

2400 North Lebanon Street, Lebanon, IN, USA

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Monday March 11, 2019

10:00 AM

Thorntown Christian Church

125 West Main Street, Thorntown, IN, USA


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Jerry Carr
Mar 18, 2019
So sorry to hear about Mel. I just talked to Mom and she said your sister had called and told her. Will miss harassing him.
Calvin Couchman
Mar 16, 2019
I am so sorry to read of Mel's death. I don't get the paper and just saw it on line. I appreciate that he was part of the honor guard for my cousin Mike Couchman about a month ago. You all are in my prayers and thoughts. Mike if you and Pauletta want to call me feel free at 317 946 4147. Again so sorry for your loss.
Michael White
Mar 09, 2019
My friend and coworker .
Mel , I thought a lot about you , and was planning to come visit you but seemed like you or I never could meet up .
I will meet up with you in heaven my friend .
Gods speed and see you on the other side buddy .
Robert Gillogly
Mar 08, 2019
Mel was a good man, a friend, a veteran and a patriot. His passing diminishes all of us
Patricia Daggy Gillogly
Mar 08, 2019
I have known Mel since high school. He was quiet and kind. Reacquainting with Mel and Janie when we moved back to the Thorntown area was a gift. We enjoyed many meals and conversations with them. I was always impressed with the depth of love he demonstrated for Janie, finding unique gifts to mark holidays and bring her joy. His eyes always sparkled when he spoke of her. We will miss his dry humor and his steadfast beliefs.