After fulfilling his final wishes of attending his own celebration of life (just 9 days earlier), being able to say goodbye to loved ones and crossing off the last items on his bucket list, Ron died peacefully, with dignity, at home on Monday August 1, 2022 at the age of 67. He was surrounded by the ones who loved him the most, his family. Heaven is in for a real treat as he is sure to shake things up there.
Honoured with the task of keeping his memory and spirit alive are his wife of 44 years, Shirley (DeVries), son Ben (Mikaela) Rader, daughter Jenna (Jason) McBride and his four beautiful grandchildren who lit up his world – Mya, Conor, Riley and Ella.
Brother of Carol (Tom) Arthur, Jerry Rader (Joanne Boyes) and Marlene Rader. “Favourite” son-in-law of Margaret DeVries. Brother-in-law of Bart (Ann) DeVries, Jeannette (Scott) Berman and Pauline (Rick) VanderLey. Fun-loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews. There to greet him with open arms on the other side are his mom Leona (Clarence Reichert), father Lorne Rader and father-in-law Harry DeVries. Ron will be missed by his many co-workers and customers at Exeter Toyota as well as the many friends he’s made over the years.
He loved people and he loved life. Remember to live life like Ronnie Rader did – with patience, kindness, hard work, lots of fun and finding good in every situation. And don’t forget to whistle along the way.
In true Ron Rader fashion, he continues to give even after he is gone. His body has been donated for medical research at the University of Western Ontario. A memorial bench will be placed along the South Huron Trail by his family, honouring a much-loved husband and dad. Additional donations to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (South Huron Trail on the memo line) would be appreciated by the family.