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Ricky Franklin Rader

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ricky Franklin Rader, 55, was taken from us suddenly early Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2011.

Rick was born in Brazil, June 15, 1955, attended Brazil High School and never left.

Brazil was his home and he loved everything about the city and surrounding communities.

Rick had traveled to many places in the United States, but no matter what those other locations offered, he was proud to be from Brazil and no other place in the world could even come close to comparing to it.

Even though the city and residents have changed so much since his childhood, his memories of how Brazil looked before and neighbors he had grown up with so many years ago never faded.

He was a dedicated husband to his wife, Connie, and a wonderful father to his stepsons, Chris and Billy.

Rick and Connie enjoyed almost 19 wonderful years together after getting married March 14, 1992. He also enjoyed almost 35 years of employment at Pell's Hardware.

If he wasn't at work, he could always be found working around the house, lending a helping hand or just tinkering around in his garage.

Rick also enjoyed spending many evenings playing games, laughing and just talking for hours with Paul and Mendy Carta, Anna Head, Terry Rodgers and Joseph Moody, along with the rest of his family.

Throughout his lifetime, Rick touched the lives of more people than he could have ever imagined with his kindness, generosity and even with just his smile and laughter.

He was a friend to everyone he met. The priceless memories Rick helped create over the years will be passed down from generations and our lives will never be the same without him.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents Paul Rader and Gerald and Margaret Mason, and his brother Joe Smith.

He is survived by his wife Connie Rader, brother Jim Smith, children Billy and LaRita Jenkins and Christopher and Heather Jenkins. Also survived by a multitude of extended brothers and sisters, seven grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Private services will take place at Lawson-Miller Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Historical Society in Ricky's memory.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.