Robert Eugene “Bob” Trader, 66, of Gridley, Kansas, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012, at his home. He was born January 18, 1946, at Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Robert Maywood and Carol Virginia (Ellis) Trader.
The family lived in many places as he grew up, following his father’s work as a minister. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 18, and served overseas in the Viet Nam War. He then moved to Alaska, where he served in the Alaska Army National Guard. He later moved to New Hampshire, where he met Rita Hebert, and they were married on September 19, 1987, at Manchester. They moved to Gridley in 2002 to be near his parents.
Bob completed his high school diploma while in the Navy, through John Adams High in San Francisco, California. He had attended Bakersfield Community College and Sierra College in California, and earned his Associates Degree of Business Science, in paralegal studies, from Hesser College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He also had completed technical certifications at Ferris State University in Michigan.
Bob primarily worked as an over-the-road truck driver. He also had worked in other fields, including as a security guard and as a certified oil-fired furnace technician. When he first came to Kansas, he enjoyed his job as a caregiver for the developmentally disabled at COF Training Services in Burlington and Osage City.
His family described Bob as a “football nut”, and he had been active in earlier years as a youth baseball coach and instructor, and calling bingo games in Alaska.
Bob attended church at the First Assembly of God in Burlington, and had reaffirmed his faith as he battled lung cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Trader, in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Rita Trader, of Gridley; his mother, Carol Trader, of Gridley; two brothers, Gary Trader and wife Pauline of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Donald Trader of Gridley; and many other relatives and friends.
Graveside memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 17, 2012, at Gridley Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the “Bob Trader Memorial Fund” may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, PO Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.