Thomas Jefferson Schrader was born on July 30, 1928, south of Galesburg, Iowa. He was the oldest of three children born to Robert and Myrtle (Kingery) Schrader. Tom received his education attending country grade school near Galesburg and Pershing, Iowa. Tom became a farm hand, helping farmers in the Pershing area until he enlisted in the United States Army. He was inducted into service on October 18, 1948 and served his country honorably until his discharge on June 16, 1952. During this time he married his love Bonnie Mae Wooldridge on December 29, 1951. To this union five children were born: Thomas Jefferson Jr., Richard Lee, Judith Ann, Diana Kay and Michael Ray. In 1952, they sustained a devastating house fire and lost everything. In 1954, he moved his family to a farm at Nepas Corner, near Dallas, Iowa, and maintained this farmstead the rest of his life. Tom worked construction for CL Carroll and later became employed with the City of Knoxville. He worked in the waste management area and did so for over 20 years until his retirement in 1995. Tom's real passion was for farming, especially with John Deere equipment. Tom dearly loved his old green tractors! He also found enjoyment in camping, playing cards and mushroom hunting. On June 15, 2001, Bonnie passed away at the age of 67. Tom continued to live at Nepas Corner until his health started to decline. Tom passed away on January 31, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Center in Indianola, Iowa shortly after becoming a resident at the age of 88. Those left to honor Tom's life include his five children, 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. They are: Tom Schrader Jr. and Ed Reagan of Eureka, CA Dick and Diana Schrader of Pleasantville, IA Melissa and Mitchell Chipps Margo, Meredith Amy and Josh Rason Brant, Brody, Emma Morgan Schrader Judy and Jim Jensen of Indianola, Iowa Danielle and Tyler Overton Jaidyn Billie and Jeff Spear Dalton, Ella Charla Norris Diana and Jay Exline of Indianola, IA Carrie and Ross Van Gorp McKensie, Gage Adam Exline Alyvia, Levi, Kody Windie and Travis Mallory Veronica, Felix, Juanita, Dora Mae Mike and Carol Schrader of Knoxville, IA Jason and April Schrader Dawson, Xavier, Izaiah Julie Schrader Gracie, Brydee Jeff Schrader Evan, Kaden, Colby James Schrader Josh Schrader Of his original family, Tom leaves 2 siblings; Harold Schrader of Ollie, IA and Oleta Roland of Knoxville. Tom was preceded in death by: his wife Bonnie; his parents; sister- in-law, Kate Schrader; his brother-in-law, David Roland and a nephew, Doug Roland. Tom will be remembered for his love of family, farm and fun. Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 5, at the Williams Funeral Home.
Published on February 8, 2017