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Kim Lee Rader

Kim Lee Rader, 74, of Indianapolis, passed peacefully with his family by his side at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Franciscan St. Fran­cis Health-Indian­apolis.

Mr. Rader was born May 25, 1938, in Indianapolis, the son of William K. “Bud” and Mildred Rader. He attended Broad Ripple High School. After graduation in 1956, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a military policeman.

In 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Sue Durgan, who preceded him in death, passing away in March 2001.

He spent most of his working life in the automotive parts business, where he worked for Spradling Auto Parts and NAPA Auto Parts for more than 31 years. He served as president of the Indiana Automotive Maintenance Association from 1972-73. After retirement from NAPA in 1998, he worked part time for Chartwell Midwest and for several years as a hospice volunteer for Community Hospital.

Mr. Rader spent a great deal of his time enjoying his 42 years of membership in the Fraternity of Freemasons. He devoted much of that time serving as a “Dad” and adviser, helping young men in the Order of DeMolay.

He served on the advisory council of Millersville Chapter -– Order of DeMolay from 1974 to 1983 and was honored to be awarded the Indiana Adviser of the Year for 1980-81. He also was invested with the DeMolay Legion of Honor by DeMolay International.

He was a proud member of the following Masonic bodies: Millersville Lodge 126 F&AM (life member); Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite (life member); Millersville Chapter 300 Order of the Eastern Star; Sahara Grotto (past president of drum & bugle corps); Sahara Grotto Twenty-Year Club; Indianapolis High Twelve Club 772 (past president); Millersville York Rite Bodies (Joshua Chapter 158 of Royal Arch Masons); Hiram’s Council 111 of Cryptic Masons; H.E. Lackey Commandery No. 67 of Knights Templar; Frank S. Land Lodge 758 (charter member); Indianapolis Murat Shrine (DeMolay Unit); and Devol Lodge 766 (honorary member).

In addition to his Masonic memberships, he was a member of Indianapolis Moose Lodge 17 and Christians United Church in Indianapolis.

Mr. Rader was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was affectionately called Pappaw Rader by many of his loved ones. The lessons he taught to those who were close to him of love, respect, patriotism, integrity, attitude, courtesy, compassion and caring for others has created a legacy that will be carried on by all who had the honor of knowing him.

He leaves behind his son, William Dirk (Valerie) Rader of Columbus; his daughter, Kimberly (Donald) Hapner of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Jill Mishler of Columbus, Bradley Rader of Bradenton, Fla., and Lindsay Hapner and Krista Hapner, both of Indianapolis; and three great-grandchildren, with one additional great-grandchild expected in January.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his sister, Deanna Kay Berry.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Flanner & Buchannan Funeral Center-Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, with the Rev. James A. McKinney officiating. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Two Masonic memorial services will be conducted immediately after the visitation time at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Order of the Eastern Star memorial service followed by the Masonic memorial service at 7:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend these Masonic memorial services, as they are open to the public. Entombment will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Contributions may be made in Kim’s memory to the Sahara Grotto, 7620 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227; or the Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite, 650 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

You are invited to leave the family a message of condolence at www.flannerbuchanan.com.

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