Stephen Paul Rader

December 28, 1952 ‒ September 25, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of New London, Ohio

Stephen Paul Rader, age 66, of Mount Gilead and formerly of New London, passed away Wednesday afternoon, September 25, 2019, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

On December 28, 1952, Stephen was born in New London, Ohio, a son of the late Lester Roy and Patricia Ruth (Ingmand) Rader.  He graduated from New London High School in the Class of 1971 and then received his Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Central Technical College in 1973.

Stephen began his career working for Tappan in Mansfield.  Tappan became a subsidiary of Electrolux and he transferred to Springfield, TN, where he worked as a Quality Assurance Engineer.  In 1998 he moved to Mount Gilead, where he retired.

A man of faith, Stephen grew up in the New London United Methodist Church.  He then transferred his membership to the Williamsport United Methodist Church, where he has been a member ever since.  He was also a member of the Morrow County Gideons.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoyed tinkering with things around his home and working on cars.  He restored several cars over the years.

Genealogy played a big part in Stephen’s life along with his family.  He belonged to The Ohio Genealogical Society and often volunteered at the Mount Gilead Library to assist with genealogy.  He enjoyed researching his family history and especially loved spending time with everyone at family reunions.

Stephen will be remembered as a simple man who lived a good, clean life.

Stephen will be dearly missed by two brothers: Roger (Janice) Rader of Columbus, Mark Rader of Mount Gilead; his sister, Paula (Brian) Hartley of Wyoming, MI; nephew and nieces: Dana (Violet) Rader of Columbus, Karie (Grant) Schoening of Plain City, Erin (Ross) Vanderlaan of Wyoming, MI, Sarah (Aaron) Mitchell of Grand Rapids, MI; one great-niece; three great- nephews; and many extended family members and friends.

Stephen’s family will greet extended family friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019, with Pastor Leslie Mahaney officiating.  Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stephen’s name may be made to the Williamsport United Methodist Church, 6130 US-42, Mount Gilead, OH 43338 or to The Ohio Genealogical Society, 611 State Route 97 W., Bellville, OH 44813.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Stephen’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Stephen was a kind, gentle, loving soul in our church family. We will miss him. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

  • Stephen and his brother, Mark always sat 2 pews behind us at Williamsport Chitch. He was a very quiet man, but very supportive of the church’s mission. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • So sorry to hear this! So young! He and his family were neighbors and classmates of mine. We all lived on first Street and we were also all NL band buddies. He was always a kind and good man. My prayers are with the family.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I was a classmate of Steve and knew his parents and siblings. My thoughts and prayers to his family🙏

  • I have lots of fond memories of my cousin Stephen. He was always so kind and soft-spoken. He always had a smile on his face and a big hug to give. My prayers go out to Mark, Roger and Paula and his nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

  • Steve and I were classmates at New London. He was such a kind person. It was good to see him at class reunions and catch up on what he was doing. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  • So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I also was a classmate of his. What a nice guy he was. Prayers to his family.

  • My heart-felt condolences to all of Steve’s family. We grew together in our neighborhood and church. May God watch over him and his grieving family.

  • Dear Mark and the Entire Rader Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. The entire Rader family are such good and wholesome people. May God wrap his comforting arms around each of you during this difficult loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.