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Gary Lee Schrader
July 21, 1942 Ė October 15, 2017

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 Alaska.

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.
 


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