Lyons - I was born
on July 21, 1942 in Olmstead County, Minnesota to Carroll
Burton and Emily Mae (Groen) Schrader. I was raised on a small
family farm with one brother and one sister. I went to auto
mechanics school in Austin, Minnesota where I met my wife for
life! We have one daughter who has two sons. Both of our
grandsons served in the Armed Forces. The youngest has a son
and a daughter of his own.
I worked in
construction all of my productive life as an operating
engineer, labor carpenter, framer and mason (brick layer).
A midlife crisis in
1984 sent us on a year-long adventure, selling our home and
traveling throughout the Western US. We settled in Oregon and
it was the best move we ever made! I love this state (but hate
the politics)! My ashes will be added to the North Santiam
Canyon as itís as close to heaven as I could expect to come.
I became a victim of
cancer, like so many others these days. On the bright side, I
was able to help my family cope with the dispersal of my
things. I hope it helps them to remember me.
My passions in life
were gold mining, trapping, metal detecting, and traveling in
I was not a
competitive person, but more a middle-of-the-road type of guy.
I strove to be above-average in work and living my life. I
appreciated craftsmanship, pride in oneís ability to their
trade, honesty with oneself, reliability, and giving credit
where credit was due. Not everyone needs to have a trophy. I
was satisfied with my station in life.
My daughter as a
child could not understand why I always took my wifeís side
in an argument (my wife is never wrong, even if she was). I
think she understood once she had two sons of her own!
I am survived by
Trudy, my wife of 54 years, my daughter Dawn (David), my
grandsons Eric (Deven) and Matt (Laura), and great
grandchildren Connor and Aubrey, as well as many friends.
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.