Richard L. ‘Dick’ Rader

JACKSON, MISS. – Richard Leslie “Dick” Rader, 81, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

Born July 30, 1935, in Niles, a son of Leslie Rader and Eunice Tadsen Rader, Dick graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1953, and from Ohio University in 1957, with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He was also a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Following two years training with the U.S. Army Recruits at Fort Hood, Texas, Dick began a long career in the many facets of advertising and marketing communications.

His career took him to Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Jackson, Miss, where he worked for notable advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam, D’Arcy, MacManus and Masius and J. Walter Thompson. For four years, Dick also was International Harvester Scout, Travelall and Pickup Truck Advertising Manager. He ended his interesting and varied advertising career with Godwin Group, one of the south’s oldest and most distinguished firms, headquartered in Jackson, Miss.

After retiring, Dick and Janis, his loving wife of 45 years, moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., and later to Prescott Valley, Ariz, where he spent several years volunteering at the Prescott Valley Library, the Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

He and Janis subsequently returned to Mississippi to be near Janis’s closest relatives.

Dick is survived by his sister, Gretchen Valentine of Dexter, Mich.; and three nieces, Jill Russell, Julie (Abdul) Belhaj and Jennifer Russell. He was predeceased by his wife, Janis Assaf Rader.

Interment service was privately held at St. Columb’s Episcopal Church in Ridgeland, Miss. Arrangements were by Parkway Funeral Home, Ridgeland.

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