Craig M. Rader

December 22, 1948 - April 16, 2021
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Craig Morse Rader, 72, of Dover, Ohio passed away on April 16th, 2021, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.

Craig was born on December 22nd, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Charles Morse and Grace (Garver) Rader.

He was a graduate of Ohio University and Carnegie Mellon University. While at Ohio Unive…

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Craig Morse Rader, 72, of Dover, Ohio passed away on April 16th, 2021, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus.

Craig was born on December 22nd, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Charles Morse and Grace (Garver) Rader.

He was a graduate of Ohio University and Carnegie Mellon University. While at Ohio University, Craig excelled in both athletics and academics. He was a member of the undefeated 1968 football team that went on to win the MAC Championship and an Outstanding Scholar Athlete in 1969.

Following his graduation from Ohio U, Craig was enlisted in the US Army and honorably served in Vietnam from 1971-1972.

He moved to Dover in 1975, and began a 27-year career at Commercial Honing, Inc. He retired as president of the company in 2002.

Craig counted himself blessed in many ways, but he would often acknowledge his greatest blessing was meeting the love of his life, the former Melody Seymour, in 1978. They married in 1983 and raised two devoted and loving sons, Christopher and Scott. Together, those four had an inseparable bond that will never be broken.

Because volunteerism and charity were foundational to his values, Craig served on the board of many businesses and organizations. He was a founding member of the Dover City Schools Education Foundation, devoted many years on the board of Union Country Club, and served over thirty years on the Tuscarawas County YMCA Board of Trustees, earning the board’s Leo Poland Award for outstanding service in 2016.

Craig achieved success in every facet of his life, and he will be remembered for many things. But above all else he was a gentleman and his kindness, humility, passion for life, and sense of humor will never be forgotten.

He will be deeply missed and forever cherished by his wife, Melody; sons, Christopher (Lauren) Rader and their son, Graham, of Cincinnati, and Scott Rader of Columbus; his sister, Evelyn Rader of Edgeworth, Pennsylvania; his brother, Brian Rader of Alachua, Florida; and nephew, Craig Rader and his sons, Garrett and Kyle, of Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

Craig was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, and a Celebration of his life is being planned for early summer.

Memorial contributions in Craig’s memory may be directed to either the Tuscarawas County YMCA, 600 Monroe St., Dover, Ohio 44622, or the Dover City Schools Education Foundation, PO Box 190, Dover, Ohio 44622.



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Born: December 22, 1948
Died: April 16, 2021

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Judi and Kevin Beck posted on 5/7/21

Melody - Sending you warm hugs and deep sympathy from NC. We remember you and Craig from our days in Dover. Your presence was always open, kind and welcoming. We hope that knowing that so many people care will help you - in some small way - to begin to feel whole again. With love and tears .... Judi and Kevin Beck


G. Blair Bauer posted on 5/1/21

I grew up with the Raders and walked to Edgeworth School with Brian and Craig every morning. My mother died March 11 at almost 99;3 from the old block in a year. Brings back pleasant memories of a softer,kinder generation. We had a wonderful childhood. My best to the family during this trying time.


Peggy Pritz posted on 4/30/21

Dearest Mel......there are no words only thoughts of and prayers for you and your family at the untimely loss of your beloved husband, Craig. Please know how very sorry I am........ May his memory be eternal! Sending you heartfelt sympathy! Peggy


Herb and Millie Lester posted on 4/30/21

Dear Mel, Chris, Scott and families, our deepest condolences go out to you in this most painful and untimely loss of your beloved husband and father. We remember how he supported his boys when they played football. He will be greatly missed in this community. May our Lord Jesus strengthen you and comfort you.


Judy Eschbacher posted on 4/30/21

We were so very sorry to hear about Craig. You have our heartfelt sympathy. Please know that you and your family will continue to be in our prayers. Ken and Judy


Carmela Roush posted on 4/29/21

Melody, I am so sorry about Craig's passing. I just found out today as we do not get a news paper. My prayers and heartfelt thoughts go out for you and your family. Sincerely, Carmela Roush


Ron Paulin posted on 4/27/21

I was saddened to hear of Craig's death. He was my cousin and our families would always get together at Thanksgiving and Christmas with our Grandparents (Nana and Baba) as we grew up. We would go to Aunt Grace's and Uncle Chuck's and enjoying playing football in their backyard in Sewickley. Even at a young age he modeled the Craig Rader as you knew him and described in your testimony of his life. I live in North Carolina now and always wanted to meet Craig for lunch to catch up on our lives after he attended my mom's funeral (Ruby Garver). So sad that we missed that opportunity. May God give your family comfort that only He can give and joy in this special devoted man God gave you for your years together.


Craig & Patty Tolloti posted on 4/27/21

We are so sorry for your loss. We always thought very highly of Craig and had great respect for him. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.


Tom and Elaine Margo posted on 4/27/21

We were sorry to learn of Craig's passing. Our thoughts and prayers for God's peace and comfort are with your family.


Mike & Jackie Ley posted on 4/26/21

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Melody, Chris & Scott to an absolutely greatest husband, dad, and friend to so many. He will be sorely missed. We loved his humor and kindness to his family, all his friends, and anyone he touched through life. He served his family, country and employees and his community. Our prayers go out to you all in this time of sorrow. Our very best to you Mel. Mike & Jackie Ley


Jenny Dallas posted on 4/26/21

I am so sorry for your loss Melody. Craig was always kind and cheerful when he came into the Y. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons.


Judy Venezia Vidak posted on 4/26/21

Dear Melody, Chris, Scott, Brian and Evie, I am sending you my deepest condolences and prayers in this tremendous loss to your loving family. Craig was my friend growing up in the fifties and sixties in Edgeworth. With his passing my mind has been flooded with such wonderful memories of Craig and the other neighborhood kids and how the Rader family embraced us all. Riding bikes everywhere, summer playground and lazy days at the pool; it was an idyllic time. I’m so happy Craig was so loved and achieved such personal and professional success in his life. For those of us who knew him early on, it was no surprise. He was special. They say when you lose a childhood friend, you lose a piece of your heart. It’s true.


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 4/26/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Craig M. Radar, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Craig M. Rader, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Harvey Levin posted on 4/25/21

Dear Melody, Christopher, Scott, Evie, and Brian, I am so sorry to hear of Craig's death. Please accept my deepest condolences. Since Evie called me, I've thought of Craig constantly. Craig was my best friend growing up in Edgeworth. I slept at the Raders' house more than any other house except for my own. As I said to Evie, if I look at my life as a wall with the people and events that mattered as the bricks in that wall, I feel that I've lost the main brick from the foundation. That wall is not the same. I know that you will grieve for him forever. I wish you the best in all you will go through. I hope you can take some comfort knowing what a fine man he was. And know that he was the finest of boyhood friends.


Brenda k Rieger posted on 4/25/21

I am so sorry to hear about Craig. Mark called me the following day and it was such a shock. I always referred to him as my financial god. If not for him and the other owners at Commercial Honing, I would not be where I am at today. He was a true inspiration and joy to work for and with. Many laughs and good times were shared. Will miss him.


Denise Trombulak posted on 4/25/21

So sorry for your loss Melody.


Ed mendel posted on 4/25/21

Mel, Craig was an honor to get to know. I never heard him say a negative thought about anyone. He was a solid businessman but was always ready to have a good time. He had incredible patience. How else could the two of you attempt to teach me a Floridian to snow ski in the ice of Ohio. I also remember him slowing down to hang out with me during a 5 mile road race at the ymca. He will be missed.


Rhonda Porter posted on 4/25/21

Mel, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sending you my love and prayers in this difficult time. Rhonda


Cinda Orr posted on 4/25/21

Definitely going to miss seeing him at the Y. Prayers and hugs to you Melody and your family. Had the pleasure of working with him for many years.


Brian Loibl posted on 4/25/21

I had the good fortune of working with Craig for 13 years at Commercial Honing. Craig was a huge influence on me as young man just out of high school joining the workforce. He always saw the good in people. Craig taught me how to lead by example and always reassured me hard work would pay off, for he knew no other way. I believe his influence early in my working career made me a better person. I regret not being able to tell him that. I am forever in a debt of gratitude to you Craig.


Jerry and Willi Marlowe posted on 4/25/21

Dear Melody, We are so sad for this untimely loss. Our thoughts are with you as we pray for peace, comfort and strength for you and your family. Most sincerely, Willi and Jerry Marlowe


Peggy Pooser posted on 4/25/21

Melody, I send my love to you and your family. Though I never met Craig, all I ever heard about him was what a generous and caring person he was. So sorry for your loss ?


Barbara Marshall posted on 4/25/21

Dear Melody and family, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. Craig was such a nice man and he will be missed Y ou have my deepest sympathy. Barbara Marshall


dennis barnard posted on 4/25/21

We are sorry we did not get to know Craig better. We send our condolences.


Stacy Kochman posted on 4/25/21

Mel, Christopher, and Scott, I’m so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He was a great guy. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.


Tom Kline posted on 4/25/21

I was at Commercial Honing for 5 years when Craig started. Craig was hard working and took an active interest in every facet of the company. He was the best thing that ever happened to Commercial Honing, and was greatly missed when he retired. Things were never the same, and I wish i could have retired at the same time. My deepest sympathy to his family. I know he will be sorely missed.


Wynne Smith posted on 4/25/21

Mel, Scott, Chris and family , To wonderful neighbors for years , we send our heartfelt condolences. You and Craig have raised a beautiful family and they will continue to be your rock. Love, prayers and hugs Bob and Wynne


Sharon Withers posted on 4/25/21

Unfortunately I never met Craig. As your cousin I do know he made you happy and you two raised two handsome and successful men. Craig was obviously smart, athletic, and loved his community. What great traits to share with his sons. Take care and know I’m only a text or phone call away?


Carla Wherley posted on 4/25/21

Dear Mel and boys- our deepest condolences and prayers of comfort upon the loss of your precious husband and father. He was a wonderful boss and a wonderful person. We are so sorry for your great loss. Andy and Carla (Delphia) Wherley


Dave and Jane Gingrich posted on 4/25/21

Mel, Scott, Chris and family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Craig. He will be remembered fondly for his outgoing nature and the many hours he contributed as a volunteer at our Y. May your memories of time together bring you comfort.


Dave & Ellen Harnish posted on 4/25/21

Words cannot express the sadness we are feeling for you at this time. Our hearts are with each of you and pray that you find comfort and peace in your memories of Craig.


Johnnie Duda posted on 4/25/21

Mel I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.


Tom and Jill Simmelink posted on 4/25/21

So sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He was truly a great guy.


Mary & Steve Seymour posted on 4/25/21

We are so sorry to hear about your loss Melody. Our prayers and love are with you.


Robert Koster posted on 4/25/21

Am sorry for your loss, too soon and hope all of you can find some solace in the times of your life together and memories.


Mike, Maureen, Mikey and Dean Perkowski & families posted on 4/24/21

Our hearts and prayers go out to you Mel, Scott, Chris and family! So very sorry for your most painful loss. May God give you all comfort and peace and strengthen you to face each day ahead.


Paula Drumm posted on 4/24/21

God's peace and comfort Melody and family. Know that you are being lifted up by many in prayer and that God holds you all securely in His arms.


Deb Sankar posted on 4/24/21

All of my sympathies to Mel and all of the family


Gil Snyder posted on 4/24/21

Melody and family...please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Craig. He was clearly memorable and I will forever remember his friendship and sense of humor.