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Robert "Bob" Rader

October 12, 1955 — October 12, 2020

Robert "Bob" Rader

Robert “Bob” Rader

Age 65 of Wilmington passed away Monday evening October 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born October 12, 1955 in Joliet, Robert Delanee was the son of Robert and Deloris (nee Friddle) Rader. He was raised and educated in Wilmington. Bob was a former volunteer and a trustee at the Wilmington Fire Department and was an active member of the Wilmington Moose Lodge.  On July 28, 1979 Bob married Elizabeth Boyd in the Ritchey United Methodist Church. Bob was always extraordinarly proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love of motorcycles, Elvis Presley, and old country music.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Beth; 3 children: Nicholas (Kathleen) Rader of Wilmington and Jacqueline (Craig) Mark both of Wilmington, and Candace (Russell) Toler of Braidwood; 10 grandchildren: Jacob Rader, Ashlei Rader, Austin Rader, Jordan Rader, Braydon Mark, Landon Mark, Adrianna Mark, Taylor Toler, Morgan Toler, and Ryland Toler; brothers: Donald (Debbie) Shewmake and Richard Shewmake; sister: Judith (Red) Hall; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his canine companion, Sassy.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother: James Shewmake and sisters: Delores Shewmake, Patricia Welter, and Dorsalee Miley.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 3:00 p.m. At the family’s request, face masks requirements and measures of safe social distancing practices will be in order, and the funeral home staff will assist the family not to exceed the safe number set forth for the visitation.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bob’s name to Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431, Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates Ltd., 2614 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60435, or to the Wilmington Fire Protection District, 501 North Main Street, Wilmington, IL 60481.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Bob’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Memorial services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181).

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