George D.Trader, 94, was born September 27, 1918, and passed away March 20, 2013. He was born in Sedalia, Missouri to Della Mae (Campbell) and Emmet Evert Trader. He graduated from High School in Sedalia, continuing his education at Central Business College, and then on to the University of Texas
, Austin. In the middle of his second year he enlisted and became an Aviation Cadet during World War II
. He served for four years, attaining his license as a twin engine pilot, and flew over 400 combat hours in China and over the "Hump"- the Himalayas. He was a great story teller, and could always name every camp he flew into and out of in China and India. He admired his Hump Pilot comrades' bravery, skill and sheer luck flying the Hump. Many didn't make it home.
After the War, George moved to Dallas and worked as a medical clinic manager. He met Nell Ruth Rankin and they married in 1949. They moved to Corpus Christi where George began his 23-year career as a Hospital Administrator at Memorial Hospital, including the opening of Robstown Riverside Hospital. Nell continued her teaching career, and they were married 57 wonderful years.
George is survived by his niece, Kathy (Crum) Smith, husband Harry of San Antonio; nephew Steve Crum, wife Debbie of Houston; niece Carmen (Thibodeau) Bredeson, husband Larry of Clear Lake; Ralph Thibodeau, Jr., wife Darlene of Austin; Jack Thibodeau, wife Linda, of Richardson; and Renee (Thibodeau) Hoffman, husband Paul of Weatherford; niece Sally (Trader) McCoy husband Roy, of Montgomery and outskirts of Laredo; many great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
George decided he wanted to speak to everyone in his own words, "Good bye to all my family, loved ones, and many great friends. It has been a truly good life! Love, George."
A celebration of his life will be at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi on March 29th at 4:00 pm. Contributions may be made to St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church.
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