Richard Lee Strader, age 80, was called home to be with the Lord on October 10, 2022, after a long battle with Dementia.
He was born December 21, 1941, in Connellsville, PA to the late Jessie V. Strader and the late Gladys Fisher Strader.
Richard attended 5th Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, PA and while attending, he participated in track in field and ran the 110-meter dash. After graduating high school, Richard enlisted into the United States Marines in December of 1958 and served at Quantico Marine Corp Base in Triangle, VA. After serving honorably, Richard enlisted into the United States Navy and the United States Air Force Reserve, as part of his Military career. In addition, he closed out his career in the United States Army National Guard in Pennsylvania and became a Combat Engineer Tank Commander. Richard served for 21 years honorably in service to his country and retired in 2001.
Richard then began a career in transportation. He was employed with Port Authority of Allegheny County Regional transit system in Pittsburgh, PA then he relocated to Waldorf Maryland in 1986 where he was employed with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority in Washington D.C. as a bus operator, and retired in (2009).
Richard was a 33rd Degree member of The Most Worshipful Hiram Grand Lodge in Pittsburgh, PA. He was very proud of and enjoy his fellowship with the members. Richard was an advent bowler and loved to play softball with his family and friends. He was a kind and caring person, who was everyone’s favorite uncle, cousin, and most of all a great friend to anyone he came in contact with. Richard truly loved music and loved to dance. He was a very generous person who liked to lend a helping hand to anyone and more importantly, his family. Richard loved to wear fine attire and was the life of any gathering. His smile would brighten up any room he entered into. He enjoyed his life to the fullest.
Richard is survived by his wife, Patricia Strader; children: Vance Edward Strader (Mary), Richard Lee Strader (deceased), Sonya Strader-Cherry (Eric), Charlene Page, Quinn Bowman, and Erik James (Mary); 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.