PLEASANT HILL, Ill. -- Gary L. Crader, 78, of Pleasant Hill, died Monday morning (March 25, 2013) in his home. Gary was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Hamburg, the youngest son of 12 children of Rufus and Cordelia Campbell Crader. He married Jean Ann Robinson on March 11, 1956, in Pittsfield at the home of Brother Joe Maynard, and she survives. Gary started his career as a deckhand at the age of 16 at Hamburg, on the Mississippi River. After a career of 60 years, Capt. Crader held 11 issues as U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine Officer of Master of Motor Vessels of 1,600 gross tons (domestic tonnage) and 3,000 gross tonnage upon the Great Lakes and Inland Waters of the United States. More recently, Capt. and Mrs. Crader were in the tourist and guest house business in Pike and Calhoun counties. Gary was a past master of Pleasant Hill Lodge 565 and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a past worthy patron of the Pleasant Hill Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Quincy Consistory, the Scottish Rite and the Pike County Shrine Club. Gary enjoyed riding horses and bluegrass music and was an avid harmonica player. He was a member of the Mozier Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Jean Ann Crader of Pleasant Hill, four children, Mark A. (Jeanne) Crader of St. Peters, Mo., Michael J. (Marcia) Crader of Raleigh, N.C., Rebecca J. (Randy) Hill of Pleasant Hill and Ray L. (Cindy) Crader of Maplewood, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Samuel Crader, Brian Crader, David Crader, Tori (Brett) Skirvin, Lucas (Kyley) Hill, Nathan Crader and Austin Crader; two great-granddaughters, Sydney Lynn and Bella Grace Skirvin; three brothers, Harrison Crader of Mason, Ohio, Dean Crader of Columbus, Ohio, and Gordon Crader of Thornville, Ohio; and two sisters, Annabelle Grover of Rolla, Mo., and Loretta O'Neal of Godfrey. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Brother Wilson Ramsey and Brother Chad Cranfield. Burial will follow at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, the Pleasant Hill First Responders or Crescent Heights Cemetery Association. ARRANGEMENTS: Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2013