SIKESTON -- Ronald Dwight Crader, age 86, passed away at his home in Sikeston, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
He was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Oran, to the late Dr. E. Earl Crader and Luda Dillingham Crader. He was raised in Diehlstadt where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served two years in the Army-Air Force from 1942 to 1944 and returned to school and attended Southeast Missouri State University.
He enrolled in the University of Missouri School of Law in 1947 and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1950. In 1950, he opened his law office in Sikeston where he was a lifelong Sikeston Attorney at Law. He practiced law in Sikeston, with his son, David Crader, his daughter, Julia Crader Dolan and son-in-law, David Dolan; owned and operated Old Security Title Co. with his daughter, Karen C. Bizzell; and was part owner, an officer and director of Security Bank and Trust Company.
He was a member of the Missouri and Scott County Bar Associations; was a former City Attorney for the city of Sikeston; was a charter member of the Sikeston Elks Club, a member of the Sikeston Fraternal Order of Eagles and member of Sikeston Lodge 310 and Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and 32 degree member of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA; member of the Sikeston Shrine Club; and a member of the Sikeston Jaycees.
On Aug. 28, 1949, he married Mary Jean Watson of Morley who preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 1999.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Dwight David Crader and Mary Lynn Crader of Sikeston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia Crader Dolan and David Dolan, of Sikeston and Karen Crader Bizzell and David Bizzell of Sikeston. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Joseph Caldwell "Cal" Crader and Valerie Crader, his wife, of Sikeston; Catherine Layne Crader of Nashville, Tenn.; William Winters "Win" Dolan and Elizabeth Claire Dolan, both of Sikeston; John Robert Bizzell of Little Rock, Ark.; and Dwight Edward "De" Bizzell of Springfield.
He was preceded in death on May 18, 2012, by his brother Donald Neil Crader of Collierville, Tenn.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29 at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30 with the Rev. Mary McCord, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and sons-in-law, Joseph Caldwell "Cal" Crader, William Winters "Win" Dolan, John Robert Bizzell, Dwight Edward "De" Bizzell, Honorable Judge David Dolan and David E. Bizzell.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to:
Missouri Delta Medical Center Foundation
charity of donor's choice.