Woodrow Edward "Woody" Strader

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Woodrow Edward "Woody" Strader, 95, a resident of Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the Mercy Health Center in Fort Scott. He was born June 29, 1915, in Rockville, Mo., the son of Forest Strader and Julia Elizabeth Webster Strader. He first married Myrtle Loy on April 17, 1937. She preceded him in death on May 25, 1980. He later married Cleo Campbell Frederick on June 22, 1985.

Woody had worked at Exide Battery Company and later did deliveries for Grinnels Pipe Company. He then worked for several years as a truck driver. Following his retirement from trucking, Woody worked part-time for Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. He enjoyed playing the guitar and keyboard as well as working with horses. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo, of Fort Scott; two sons, Olin Strader and wife, Twyla, Centerpoint, Ind., and Joe Strader and wife, Helen, Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Carolyn Musacchio and husband, Matthew, Leawood, Kan., and Judy Leeper and husband, Robert, Denver, Colo.; and a stepson Clinton Frederick of Arizona. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Kent Strader, Scott Strader, Stephen Strader, Timothy Strader, Kelly Hostman, Nancy Chandler, Linda Mussacchio, Debra Lear, Tamara Gurss, Robin Anderson, David Strader, and Lisa Holloway; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Al and Ed Strader, and a sister, Helen Strader.

The Rev. Olin Strader will conduct graveside services at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Maple Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 9:45 a.m., at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association c/o the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.