On April 10th, Clifton W. Schrader, 97, left us to reunite with his wife and daughters. A hardworking, loving sweet man, he was a devoted husband, father, grandpa and brother.
He was born on April 20th, 1921 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Charles E. and Mary C.P. (Gaff) Schrader, the second of 10 children. He is survived by his son Steve and wife Debbi, also of Grants Pass, granddaughters Rebecca Valdes and her husband Andy; Leah Miner; Meredith Bowie and her husband Jeff; great granddaughters Jonell, Jennifer and MaryLynne; great grandsons Nathan and Colton, great-great grandson Jesse; brothers Richard and wife Sandy of Arizona, Frederick and wife Delores of Nevada and sister Dortha Feller and husband Lynn of Illinois. Clifton was preceded in death by sisters Melba Shirey and Ellen Strong, brothers Gilbert, Jack, Franklin and Roger, and daughters MaryLynne Drake and Karen Richards.
Clifton married E. Fern Ramsey in September of 1942, and they had 3 children Karen, Steve and MaryLynne. Clifton and Fern moved from Indiana to Southern California in the mid 40’s. Clifton was a carpenter and a contractor for many years before becoming a Construction Inspector for the City of Los Angeles. After retiring in 1979, Cliff and Fern traveled throughout the US in their 5th wheel trailer for 18 months, before settling into their retirement location in Grants Pass, Oregon. They called their wooded property FernCliff Acres. Both from large families, they spent a lot of time with family and friends, playing cards, working their property, visiting weekend yard sales and camping/traveling.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Boys and Girls Club of the Rogue Valley - begreat4kids.com or Jo Co Spay & Neuter Fund - jocospayneuter.org.
A viewing will be at 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors. A funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at Hull & Hull Chapel with interment following at Granite Hill Cemetery.