Max Arlen Schrader Sr. of Mobile, Arizona, passed away on April 4, 2019 at the age of 84. The medical examiner has noted his date of death as April 13, 2019, the day he was found.
His final footsteps were through the desert he loved for 45 years, succumbing to dehydration from the Arizona sun on his trek home.
Max was born August 19, 1934, in Logansport, IN. He joined the Navy at 17 where he worked as a boiler tech on the U.S.S. Hyman. He shared many stories of his adventures. He married the love of his life, Ione Peters, in 1957. Together they had 11 beautiful children. Over the years he worked as a millwright, house mover, furniture refinisher & security guard. Max and his wife ran Schrader’s Picket Post thrift store in Maricopa for several years. The family moved over time residing in IN, CA & landing in AZ in 1972. At age 56 he suffered with Spinal Meningitis and lost his hearing being diagnosed deaf. Max was an honorary Arizona Ranger, proudly sworn in October 2013. He was a prankster and never turned down a game of cards, checkers, chess or any game. He had a witty sense of humor that entertained those around him. Max was famous for the stash of butterscotch candy he kept in his pocket. The grandchildren could always count on him to sneak them a piece. There was never a doubt about how much he loved his family.
Max Schrader Sr. is survived by his Children: Max A. Schrader Jr., Theresa A. Berglund, Daniel L. Schrader, Tina I. Ladd, Pamala M. Schrader, Edmon A. Schrader, Violet W. Weekes, and Lou M. Schrader, 38 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and their families.
Preceded in death by Wife: Ione F. Schrader. Children: Charles L. Schrader, Herman J. Schrader, William (Bill) J. Schrader. Parents: Charles & Violet Schrader. Siblings: Violet Mae Leonard, JoAnn Hunt, Elaine Moore, Charles (Bud) Schrader, Ruth Wilson & George Schrader.
Memorial Services will be held April 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm Church address: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 45235 W. Honeycutt Ave. Maricopa, AZ 85139
Interment will immediately follow at the Schrader Family Cemetery: 9534 W. Schrader Lane Maricopa, AZ 85139