Ralph J. Schrader, 79

Bell Atlantic supervisor

November 03, 2006

Ralph J. Schrader, a retired Bell Atlantic-Maryland supervisor and World War II veteran, died of Parkinson's disease Monday at his Parkton home. He was 79.

Born in Beaumont, Pa., and raised there and in Dallas, Pa., he moved to Baltimore with his family in 1942 and enlisted the next year in the Army. He served as a paratrooper in the Pacific.

In 1950, Mr. Schrader went to work as a lineman for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., and was later promoted to supervisor. He retired in 1988 from successor company Bell Atlantic-Maryland. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of Maryland.

During the late 1960s, Mr. Schrader was part-owner of J & R Crab House on Belair Road, which he operated until selling his interest in the early 1970s.

Mr. Schrader was described by family members as "caring, compassionate and loving," and the "kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back."

He was an avid Colts, Ravens and ice hockey fan, and enjoyed playing golf and taking cruises and auto trips.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Doris Wingate; two sons, Michael N. Schrader of Parkton and Robert K. Schrader of Glen Rock, Pa.; two daughters, Sandra L. Weber of Forest Hill and Kimberly Jollye of Stewartstown, Pa.; six brothers, Roland "Jack" Schrader of Glen Burnie, William Schrader of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Samuel Schrader of Southport, N.C., Keith Schrader of Brooklyn, Floyd Schrader of Baltimore Highlands and Lloyd Schrader of Palm Coast, Fla.; a sister, Alberta Phelps of Severn; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Diana Schrader, died in 1957.

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