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Services Saturday for Harold 'Red' Shrader

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Chesterton resident Harold Edward “Red” Shrader, 82, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at his residence in Chesterton.

He was born April 23, 1935, in a house on Fillmore Street in Gary and grew up in the Steel City when steel was king. He would later become one of the industry’s leaders. He graduated from Tolleston High School in 1953, where he met his future wife, Aurelia M. “Arlene” Olszewski. In 1958, he became the first person in his family to graduate from a university, setting an example that many in his family would follow. Working a variety of odd jobs to cover his tuition and room and board, he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette and was soon drafted by the U.S. Army. Harold and Arlene married on May 23, 1959, at Sacred Heart Church in Gary.

After Harold was honorably discharged from the Army in 1960, the couple returned to Gary, where they raised their family. He initially worked for the Indiana Highway Department. Later he worked as an engineer for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. and its successor companies: J&L and LTV. Eventually, he became superintendent of construction at the East Chicago plant, overseeing projects measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars. After leaving the mill in the 1980s, he worked for the Chicago consulting firm Benesch and other consulting outfits before retiring in 2000. Harold enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was a devoted Cubs and Blackhawks fan. He coached Little League and Biddy Basketball. He was a longtime member of the Izaak Walton League in Hobart and the Ryder Council Knights of Columbus. He was known for his wry sense of humor and his appreciation of the same. He was a music lover who enjoyed listening to both classical, and country and Western in the back yard of his Morgan Park residence. In retirement, he became interested in genealogy and traced his family’s roots back to 16th century Germany. Of late, he also enjoyed sharing his views in opinion letters to the Chesterton Tribune.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Catherine; brothers Andrew and Eugene; sister Wilma Wilhelm; and half-brother Donald. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; brother Lawrence; sister Kathleen; sons Patrick (Sandra) of Chesterton, Arthur (Reena) of Coppell, Texas, Thomas (Paulina) of San Antonio, Martin (Beth) of Chesterton, and Terrence of Eden Prairie, Minn.; daughters Karen Shrader of Chesterton and Christine (David) Gibson of Lexington, Ky.; grandchildren Ronald Samuel Shrader of Bloomington, Donna Grace Shrader of Chicago, Monica Batra Shrader of Coppell, Karolina Shrader of San Antonio, Andrew and Mary Clare Gibson of Lexington, and Leonard and Helen Shrader of Chesterton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., from St. Patrick Catholic Church 638 N. Calumet, Chesterton with Father Nate Edquist officiating. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Portage.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 11, 2017, at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second St., Chesterton, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., also at St. Patrick’s from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.


Posted 8/10/2017




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