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Chester W. Strader

April 10, 1939 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Chester Strader Obituary

Chester W. Strader, 84, of South Amherst, Ohio, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 4, 2024, after a lengthy illness. He leaves behind a legacy of love, faith, and a life rich in diverse interests. Chester was born in Canaan, West Virginia on April 10, 1939, to the late Ezra Strader and his wife Gertrude (Riley).

Chester and his five brothers and four sisters grew up on the family farm in West Virginia. He learned the value of a hard day’s work there. He proudly served in the United States Army stationed in Germany in the early 1960’s. He attained the rank of Sergeant 1st Class within 18 months.  

After serving his country, he began working at US Automatic (now Nordson), sometimes holding more than one job at a time. He relocated to South Amherst working as an Econoline Repairman at Ford Motor Company in Lorain, retiring after 30 years of service. Soon after he went back to work as a Diesel Mechanic Consultant for International Navistar. While there he traveled cross country to Alaska to test drive an Econoline van with a new diesel engine.

Chester was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed farming and woodworking. Over the years he made beautiful furniture, shelves, kitchen cabinets, and quilt racks with precise detail in his workshop. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do or couldn’t figure out how to do.

Chester dedicated his life to providing for his family, building a loving home for his wife Joyce and daughter Joanie, and helping wherever there was a need, not expecting anything in return. Affectionately known as Pa, he adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Chester was a long-time member of The Sanctuary Church in South Amherst. He regularly attended Male Call, the men’s ministry, and Bible study, at The Sanctuary. 

Chester was a source of guidance, wisdom, and unwavering support to his family and friends. He led by example and couldn’t tolerate anything but honesty. He was a kind man with a kind heart dedicated to acts of service. 

Besides his parents, Chester was preceded in death by his brothers Levi, Oscar, Henry, Fred and Ezra Strader, his sisters Lelah Strader, Madeline Nixon, Beatrice Adams, and Irene Andrew. 

Chester is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joyce (Bender), his daughter Joanie (Dale) Bado of Nova, Ohio; Granddaughter Rebecca (Travis) Loescher of Lorain, Ohio; Grandson John Sapienza of Oberlin, Ohio; Great Grandchildren Charlotte and Milo; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 4-7 p.m. at Hempel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral Home. The Rev. Arthur Wiegand, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in South Amherst, will officiate. Full military honors will be provided by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial will follow at New Russia Township Cemetery, Oberlin.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hempelfuneralhome.com. 

The family requests memorial contributions be made to The Sanctuary Church of South Amherst or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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